A serial fraudster, who was paid hundreds of pounds by dozens of learner drivers to take their theory tests for them, has been jailed for two years at Norwich Crown Court. Gurmeet Singh was behind a scam that involved taking 26 theory tests for learner drivers all over the country, between 2010 and 2011.
He escaped conviction initially by going on the run for two years and then continued the fraudulent activity last year; this was when he was caught by staff at the King’s Lynn test centre who recognised him. Police were called and, when arrested, he accepted he had impersonated learner drivers at various test centres.
Chris Youell, prosecuting, said the average charge was between £400 to £750 to take the theory tests for drivers. All of the matter involved taking the theory tests, apart from one unsuccessful attempt to take the practical test.
Singh admitted conspiracy to defraud, between 2010 and 2011, and six frauds in 2013. He was jailed for two years and the court heard he had overstayed his visa so would also be deported.