CPS man cleared over policy forgery

An employee of the Crown Prosecution Service has been cleared of using a forged car insurance certificate to save his career.

London's Southwark Crown Court heard that Byron Green, 21, was alleged to have tried to avoid a conviction for allowing his non-insured cousin to drive his car by sending a forged certificate to a colleague.

The pair were arrested after Mr Green's vehicle was stopped by police in October 2006.

After initially being accused of letting his car be driven without insurance, he wrote to the CPS lawyer dealing with his case insisting he had done "everything I could to make sure my cousin was insured". He showed me an insurance certificate and here is a copy of it."

However, the prosecution claimed the defendant knew the document was a forgery and that his letter was designed to get himself "out of trouble".

He was later charged with perverting the course of justice

Isobel Ascherson, prosecuting, said: "It is the prosecution's case that he has lied... either he didn't believe any certificate shown to him by his cousin or more likely he and his cousin put their heads together after their arrest on October 18 to create this insurance certificate to get him out of trouble."

But Green denied any wrongdoing and insisted he believed the document was genuine.

Those trying the case took just an hour to decide he was telling the truth and clear him of the charge.

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