Driving test fraudster jailed

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Driving test fraudster jailed

A London man has been jailed for three years for taking driving tests on behalf of other people.

Inner London Crown Court heard how Solomon Tweneboah, of David Lee Point, Stratford, charged around £600 to sit a theory test and £1,000 for the practical element.

Staff at test centres became suspicious after he attempted to take three theory exams between December 2011 and August 2012, using different provisional licences each time.

On each occasion Tweneboah left without actually sitting the test.

His car was also used in five separate practical driving tests between May and July 2011. He was turned away by one examiner before being allowed to undergo the assessment on four other occasions by another.

That examiner eventually informed the Driving Standard's Agency (DSA) fraud team, when it became clear that Tweneboah was too confident behind the wheel to be a genuine learner driver.

He was later arrested after a joint operation between the DSA and the Metropolitan police. All driving licences obtained by his deception have since been revoked.

Tweneboah was convicted of eight counts of fraud by false representation and four counts of possessing an identity document with improper intent.

The DSA's head of fraud and integrity, Andy Rice, said: "The driving test is there to ensure that all drivers have the skills and knowledge to use the roads safely and responsibly. Anyone who tries to circumvent this process is putting innocent road users at risk," reported the Newham Recorder.

"This sentence sends a clear message that driving test fraud is a serious offence and will be dealt with accordingly.

"We have stringent measures in place to detect fraudulent activity and work closely with the police to bring all offenders to justice. Thankfully this type of crime is extremely rare."