Ten guilty of driving test fraud

Ten people will be taking extra driving lessons after being convicted of driving test fraud.

The candidates received a total of more than two years in suspended sentences, 800 hours of unpaid community work and were ordered to meet £2,500 in court costs. Each had paid between £300 and £500 to an impersonator to sit their driving tests for them.

Omed Osman Ahmad, from Stoke-on-Trent, was given a two-year suspended sentence and was ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid community work. He must also pay £250 in court costs after he was caught impersonating candidates on driving tests following an investigation by the Driving Standards Agency's Fraud and Integrity Team.

Two of those sentenced received curfew orders after claiming they were unfit and unable to do community service work and all had their bogus licences revoked.

Recorder Gerard Pounder said: "These offences are very serious and strike at the heart of the driving test process in this country. Paying an impostor to take your test drives a coach and horses through the driving test process."

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