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Fraudster jailed for impersonating other people to take their driving tests

Swallaxadin Abdul Bashir was jailed for trying to sit other people's driving theory tests. Credit: DVSA

A fraudster has been jailed for trying to sit other people's driving theory tests.

Swallaxadin Abdul Bashir, 42, attempted to sit the test by impersonating applicants between October 2018 to August 2019.

He had committed the offences at 12 different locations across the country including in Nottingham, Gloucester and Cheltenham.

Suspicion grew by staff at the test centres that Bashir was impersonating the genuine candidates while taking the test.

They reported him to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency's (DVSA) fraud investigation team.

Staff rejected all pass results from tests he carried out and in some cases he was turned away before taking the test.

Police assisted the DVSA's investigation and searched the 42-year-old's home - they found distinctive items of clothing that were captured on test centre CCTV.

A court heard how investigators found evidence of people booking tests with him on his mobile phone.

Appearing at Warwick Crown Court on Wednesday (8 January) Bashir, from Coventry was sentenced to 28 months in prison.

He had served two previous jail terms for similar crimes.

Bashir was previously jailed for 18 months in 2017 and two years in July 2016, and was handed a six-month suspended sentence in February 2014 for similar offences.

At a hearing in 2017, it was said he had offered services to driving test applicants who had difficulty with the English language.

Theory tests are a vital way of assessing if people have the right driving knowledge and attitude to drive safely.

"Working with other agencies, we make every effort to prosecute theory test fraudsters and this significant prison sentence shows the impact of this work."

– DVSA, head of counter fraud and investigation Andy Rice:

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