Liverpool magistrates' court at centre of driving licence points scam
Motorists in Liverpool have been able to avoid road bans by paying middlemen £100 at Dale Street magistrates' court to scrub off each penalty point.
The scam has been underway for six years and according to a recent court hearing, it has been an open secret in the city's pubs.
Between 2004 and 2010, drivers faced with disqualification paid cash to middlemen, with forms sent from the court to the DVLA in Swansea illegally requesting that convictions be deleted.
At the sentencing of 11 motorists who took advantage of the scheme, Preston Crown Court heard how Liverpool court worker David Kelly denied running the racket.
The Liverpool Echo reported that Jonathan Sandiford, prosecuting, said: "The Crown says that the person responsible for this dishonest scheme was David Kelly, who was a member of staff at Liverpool magistrates' court.
"Kelly disputes that assertion and the case against him is to be the subject of a trial later in the year.
"The Crown's case against the defendants before the court today is that they were customers of the dishonest scheme, who paid money to have convictions and penalty points removed from their driving licences."
The eleven drivers that had already used the illegal service were sentenced for perverting the course of justice yesterday.
Judge Graham Knowles, QC, said: "Somebody was running a corrupt business from Dale Street, bypassing justice after everyone thought it had been done.
"You all knew that there had to be a corrupt official to tamper with your records. There had to be to make the scheme work.
"You knew that the corrupt official had agents in the field meeting you in public houses and wherever else to offer a service, to do a deal and take your cash."