Speeding ticket scammer jailed

A fraudster who pulled off a nationwide driving scam has been jailed for seven years.

Colin Lowndes, 41, was charging motorists up to £400 to help them dodge penalty points for speeding offences and other motoring offences, such as using a mobile phone while driving.

Lowndes would take their notices of intended prosecution (NIP) and provide a 0 nomination under a bogus name from one of the 11 addresses linked to him. It is said he helped more than 700 motorists across the country and had made more than 1,000 0 nominations, along with the help of his brother-in-law, Lee Foster.

The "driver" would then receive further notices until the legal timeframe for prosecution had expired.

Lowndes admitted conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and 30 counts of fraud relating to a separate scam and was sentenced to seven years by Manchester Crown Court. Foster, 40, was jailed for 18 months for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

More than 500 bogus nominations were sent to his home, the trial heard.

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