MOT scam couple must pay £1.5m

A couple who invalidated the insurance of thousands of motorists by awarding fraudulent MOT certificates must pay back £1.5 million, police have said.

In what may be the UK's biggest MOT fraud, a judge ruled Roobik and Julie Mirzabegi, both 52, made that amount by scamming drivers for 13 years.

A financial investigation was launched to discover the extent of their deception, and how much money the couple made. They must pay the money to West Yorkshire Police after a confiscation hearing at Bradford Crown Court found they profited by £1,511,530.98.

In January, Mr Mirzabegi, of Old Lane, Beeston, Leeds, was sentenced to four years in jail after being convicted of three counts of conspiracy to defraud and one count of concealing the proceeds of criminal conduct.

Mrs Mirzabegi, of Broadcroft Chase, Tingley, Leeds, was jailed for two years after being convicted of assisting another to retain the benefit of criminal conduct and obtaining services by deception, but her sentence was reduced to 15 months on appeal.

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