Mechanic who issued fake MOTs avoids prison

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Ben McCann was given a suspended sentence

A mechanic in Wales has pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud after issuing fake MOTs over a five-year period.

Ben McCann, from Abertillery, was working at VYV Ltd when the offences took place.

Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court heard that McCann failed to carry out the MOT tests before issuing certificates. He was jailed for 12 weeks, but the sentence was suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay £2000 in costs and a £128 surcharge.

In May 2022, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) issued a warning to fraudulent MOT testing stations after the number of serious cases more than doubled in just a year.

Marian Kitson, director of enforcement at the DVSA said: “We will not allow qualified testers who we entrust to carry out MOTs to abuse a system designed to keep the public safe for their own personal gain.

“We are fortunate to have so many compliant, trustworthy, and honest garages who deliver the MOT safely.

“We want to ensure they are not unfairly disadvantaged by the greed and criminality of the dangerous few individuals seeking to dupe the system.

“The MOT test is designed to keep you and others safe.

“Don’t risk road safety, don’t cheat the system.”

Source: South Wales Argus

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