Man jailed for driving test scam

Hounar Salih Baker, of Ecclesall Road, Sheffield, who sat driving theory tests for other foreign nationals.
Hounar Salih Baker, of Ecclesall Road, Sheffield, who sat driving theory tests for other foreign nationals.
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AN ASYLUM seeker living in Sheffield has been jailed for a year after he was caught sitting driving theory tests for other foreign nationals.

Hounar Salih Baker, aged 28, of Ecclesall Road, would sit the tests for people who either did not speak enough English to pass, or didn’t have the level of knowledge required.

Baker would arrive at the testing centres posing as the person scheduled to take the test and present their ID documents.

Then, on passing the test, he would hand the certificate to his co-conspirator.

Baker carried out the scam on at least two occasions, Grimsby Crown Court heard.

On the first, in August last year, he sat the test for a fellow Iraqi – Ismail Mustafa Ismail – and on the second he passed the exam for an immigrant in Oldham, Greater Manchester.

Following an investigation, Baker was arrested at the UK Border Agency’s reporting centre on Millsands in Sheffield city centre.

The crook admitted two counts of committing fraud by false representation.

He had been convicted of a similar offence in 2009, the court was told.

Ismail, from Hull, received a 12 month conditional discharge with £85 costs, after admitting allowing his driving licence to be used with intent to deceive.

Jeremy Oppenheim, regional director at the Border Agency, said: “We will not tolerate foreign nationals abusing the hospitality of this country.

“Being in the UK is a privilege and we will not hesitate to take the strongest possible action against those involved in immigration crime – including removing them from the country.”