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Suspended prison sentence and community work for man who used false passport to obtain a taxi driver licence in High Wycombe

| August 20, 2019

A man from High Wycombe who used a false passport to obtain a taxi driver licence has appeared at High Wycombe Magistrates Court.

The 36 year old man of Chiltern Court, Ogilvie Road appeared at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on Wednesday 14th August 2019. He had ealirier pleaded guilty to using a false instrument contrary to Section 3 of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981.

The fraud was discovered when the man applied to renew his taxi driver licence as the false passport used to obtain the licence had expired.

The magistrates noted that the offence crossed the custody threshold because the man had deliberately used a false document which he had knowingly acquired and used to obtain a hackney carriage and private hire licence. However the magistrates decided to suspend the sentence of imprisonment due to the personal circumstances of the 36 year old man.

The 36 year old man was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay the prosecution costs of £1,400 along with a victim surcharge of £85.

Cllr David Watson, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources at Wycombe District Council, said: ‘This was a deliberate fraud against the council to obtain the licence. We want to reassure our residents that we take any fraud seriously and won’t hesitate to prosecute the dishonest few who choose to abuse the system.

Wycombe District Council are advising residents who are aware of any suspected fraud to contact the Wycombe District Council Corporate Investigations team anonymously at [email protected].

*Source of article : Wycombe District Council.

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