Man jailed for driving test fraud

A man has been jailed for 20 months after being caught impersonating theory and practical driving test candidates.

Offences by Balbir Singh, 41, from Croydon, were discovered through a joint investigation by Suffolk Police and the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).

He pleaded guilty to 16 offences of fraud by 0 representation and identity offences at Ipswich Crown Court, and asked for a further 12 offences to be taken into consideration.

The DSA's fraud and integrity team said driving test impersonation is a serious offence which puts law abiding road users at risk and makes accidents more likely, thus pushing upcar insurance premiums.

"Cases such as this are rare but we investigate all suspected incidents and work closely with the police to make sure that those responsible are brought to justice," said DSA spokesman Andy Rice.

"We welcome today's sentence which shows that those found guilty of driving test fraud will be punished by the courts."

Singh was arrested at Ipswich Driving Test Centre in June, but committed offences around the country. An application has been made to seize £1,120 in cash, found in his car, as the proceeds of crime. His Volkswagen Golf was also retained by the police as it was used in the commission of a crime.

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