Prison for speed camera fraudster

A Blackburn man at the centre of a speed camera scam in which he earned thousands has been sentenced to 16 months in prison.

Abdul Musa, 48, took the blame for at least 120 motoring offences committed by other people, charging up to £200 a time.

Police were alerted to his scam last year when more than 50 officers carried out raids in the Blackburn area.

Speed camera images proved Musa, who was serving a driving ban, was not the driver on the occasions between 2002 and 2008 he claimed he was.

Appearing at Preston Crown Court, Musa pleaded guilty to 12 counts of perverting the course of justice.

Eleven other people also admitted their part in the scam and were collectively sentenced to 255 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months and 680 hours' unpaid work.

PC Mark Pilkington, of Lancashire Police, said: "The sentences should send a powerful message to motorists that avoiding liability for speed camera offences is a serious criminal offence and we will target anyone we think is involved in this type of crime."

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