Rochdale resident Aaron Farrell, 27, who engaged in fraudulent activities by sitting driving tests on behalf of others, managed to evade a prison sentence by citing a “no income” defence, despite being labelled a “prolific nationwide impersonator” by officials from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). Farrell was intercepted at a test centre operated by the agency in York, located 62 miles away from his home, just as he was preparing to take a theory exam booked under someone else’s identity.
The staff at the test centre grew suspicious when they recognised Farrell’s face from previous instances where an imposter had appeared. It was later revealed that he had received a payment of £200 to undertake the test on behalf of a man named Azizullah Adikhail.
According to a statement by Daniel Clapham, the test centre manager, Farrell’s photograph had been circulated on a watchlist of individuals to be wary of.
Appearing before Tameside Magistrates’ Court, Farrell, residing in Turf Hill, Rochdale, with his father living in Pakistan, pleaded guilty to charges of fraud by false representation and possession of an article intended for use in fraud.
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