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Prison sentence for man who cheated driving theory test in Harrogate

On 13 June 2016, Sarbjit Singh of Regis Heath Road, Rowley Regis, was sentenced to a 32 month prison sentence at Hereford Crown Court for theory test fraud.

In April 2016 investigators from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) assisted by West Mercia Police, attended Worcester driver theory test centre and arrested Singh for attempting to take a driving theory test by way of fraud.

  • Bluetooth fraud involves an individual wearing a Bluetooth device on their person linked to a hidden mobile phone.  This allows a connection with an individual outside of the test station who will attempt to provide the candidate with answers.

During questioning he was linked to 10 other incidences of theory test Bluetooth fraud at theory test centres in Uxbridge, Milton Keynes, Harrogate, Stratford, Cheltenham, Builth Wells and Worcester.

Singh was charged with 10 offences of fraud by false representation for each theory test undertaken and one count of obstructing police, which related to giving false details to police regarding his identity.

DVSA’s Head of Counter Fraud, Andy Rice, said:

Although instances of Bluetooth fraud are rare in relation to the 1.8m theory tests which are taken each year, DVSA continues to take them seriously, and work closely with the police to bring offenders to justice.

This sentence sends out a clear message that those who put road users and the public at risk by cheating the driving test process, will be pursued and prosecuted.

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