A man who took eleven theory tests on behalf of other people and was caught red handed has been jailed

Harinder Singh Mander was paid up to £150 a time to take theory tests for people who thought they would fail during a four month period.

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He took the theory tests at various centres including Harlow, Slough, Oxford, and Stratford-upon-Avon posing as other people.

It was only after his arrest in Luton at a theory test centre that police discovered that he had taken the theory test for up to eleven people between January 25 and May 27 this year.

He would attend the test centre and produce a driving licence in the name of the applicant and pay on credit card before sitting the test.

Staff at the Luton test centre became suspicious and alerted police who promptly arrested him at the test centre.

During questioning Mr Singh admitted his part in the deception but insisted he was working for someone else who would give him with the driving licences and then drive him to the test centres.

During the trial his solicitor told the court that Mr Singh had hit rock bottom after he dropped out of a law degree to help his sister through her course because of financial issues after the collapse of his mechanics business which led him to turn to alcohol.

His solicitor also asked the court to suspend the sentence as Mr Singh had shown ‘genuine remorse’ for his actions.

The 36-year-old pleaded guilty to false representation at Luton Crown Court and was jailed for 12 months.

Before sentencing him, Judge Michael Kay told him: ‘Obviously, there is a serious risk of having people not fit to drive on our roads, one can only imagine the chaos that would be caused.’

You were enabling such people to obtain a licence.”

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