An MOT tester that pocketed hundreds of pounds having issued 62 bogus certificates without even seeing the vehicles has been caught out after an anonymous tip-off from a member of the public raised the alarm.
Grimsby Crown Court heard how David Maddison had been giving out fake MOT certificates for £100 each.
Maddison admitted fraud between January 17 and March 10 last year after checks revealed that 62 vehicles were given MOT certificates.
Jeremy Evans, prosecuting, told the court that Maddison worked at the time as a mechanic and MOT tester for a garage in Grimsby.
Maddison had been sacked for gross misconduct.
There was a £2,479 loss because of the fake MOTs but it was not claimed that Maddison was necessarily making £100 a time.
The owners of the vehicles concerned had be informed of the fake tests but some had been “vague” about what happened and their stories needed to be taken “with a pinch of salt”, the court was told.
“Real risk to others”
Recorder Caroline Wigin told Maddison: “When you did this and issued these 62 fake MOT certificates, you put everyone who drives on the roads at risk because the whole purpose of MOT certificates is so that there can be an assurance to others that cars are safe.
“That’s why the Government takes the issue of MOT certificates very seriously indeed.
“You were a trusted employee.
“You chose to issue fake MOT certificates 62 times.
“That has meant there are 62 vehicles on the road which you have put there which may be profoundly unsafe and a real risk to others.
“You did not think about that.
“You just thought about short-term gain to yourself.”
Maddison was given a 13-month suspended prison sentence and 300 hours’ unpaid work.
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