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Man charged £50 to do driving theory tests for people who couldn’t speak English

Majid Hadadi leaves Birmingham Magistrates Court
Majid Hadadi agreed to the driving tests scam in order to pay of his debts (Picture: BPM Media)

A fraudster attempted to take driving theory tests on behalf of other people but gave himself away by turning up ‘nervous and shaking.’

Majid Hadadi, 45, was promised £50-a-time to pose as learner drivers and take the exam, which is a key part of gaining a driving licence.

The tests are offered in English and Welsh and Hadadi agreed to take them on behalf of those who only spoke other languages.

Sentencing him to 14 months in prison, suspended for two years, Judge Avik Mukherjee at Birmingham Crown Court told the imposter that he would have been complicit in sending unqualified drivers out onto the UK’s roads.

‘That would have inevitably created a significant danger to pedestrians and other road users,’ the judge added.

The court heard how Hadadi, of Edgbaston, had borrowed money from a neighbour and was unable to pay it back.

The man suggested the theory test scam and said he would pay Hadadi £50 for every test he sat, until the £500 debt was cleared.

It’s believed those paying for their tests to be taken for them were charged considerably more by the fraudsters.

Majid Hadadi leaves Birmingham Magistrates Court.
Hadadi’s actions could have led to unqualified drivers being let loose on the roads (Picture: BPM Media)

Hadadi travelled up and down the country attempting to take tests from Scarborough to Aylesbury between April and December 2019.

He impersonated individuals by showing their provisional driving licences but his nervous demeanour gave him away and test centre staff rejected his attempts every time.

Hadadi admitted 10 charges of fraud and nine of possessing articles for the use in fraud.

He was handed a suspended sentence due to concerns about the ‘significant impact’ prison would have had on his mental health.

Judge Mukherjee said he had shown little understanding of how serious his crime had been.

Prosecutor Anton Balkitis said frauds like the one attempted by Hadadi are common and ‘there are potentially a large number of victims with people on the road that don’t necessarily understand the rules of the road because they have not sat the theory test and have had someone do it for them.’

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