Man jailed for theory test scam - Luton

08/07/2016

Alert staff at a driving test centre in Luton became suspicious when the digits on a credit card looked familiar. And rightly so, as Harinder Singh Mander had sat eleven theory tests in four months in various parts of the country.

After his arrest in Luton, Beds CCTV footage was revealed which showed him sitting the theory tests in various centres including Harlow, Slough, Oxford, and Stratford on Avon posing as other people. He was being paid between 100 and 150 a time to pass the test for people who thought they would fail.

At Luton Crown Court on Friday, 08 July 2016, Singh Mander, aged 36, a father of two, was jailed for 12 months after pleading guilty to a charge of fraud by false representation.

Judge Michael Kay QC told tSingh Mander from St Kenelms Close, West Bromwich: "Obviously, there is a serious risk of having people not fit to drive on our roads, one can only imagine the chaos that would be caused. You were enabling such people to obtain a licence."

Isabel Delamere, prosecuting, told the court that the scam had been going on between 25 January and 27 May this year - the day of his arrest. Each time, he would produce a photo driving licence in the name of the applicant, pay with a credit card and sit the test.

Staff at the Luton centre alerted police while he was taking the test, and he was arrested. He went on to make full admissions, saying he was working for another man who had recruited him in a pub in Dudley. The other man provided the driving licences and drove him to the centres.

Lisa Bald, defending, said Singh Mander had started a degree course in Law, but had to give up and support his sister through her course because of family financial issues. Then he ran a successful mechanics business for ten years, but when that failed he turned to alcohol. "That affected his family life and he has hit rock bottom. But he has shown genuine remorse and has stopped drinking," she said. She urged the court to suspend the sentence, but Judge Kay said that would not be appropriate.

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