A fraudster who helped drivers caught speeding avoid fines by faking police letters has been jailed for five years.
Hamid Alhendi, 46, helped falsify almost 300 notices of intended prosecution (NIPs) that are issued to those who are to be prosecuted for a motoring offence.
Alhendi, from Hendale Avenue, Barnet, north London, worked with an associate on the scam to help drivers avoid prosecution.
For a fee, the pair helped those caught by traffic cameras to evade prosecution and avoid fines and penalty points on their licences by falsifying the NIP letters.
The Metropolitan Police said offenders lived near Alhendi and were aware of the scam through word-of-mouth.
The pair also avoided prosecution for driving offences they themselves had committed – on one occasion this involved Alhendi’s wife, Egle Slizauskaite, 38.
Alhendi used multiple false identities to fraudulently open accounts with banks and building societies as part of the scam, which ran from 2012 to 2018.
Police identified that a high volume of NIPs were linked to an address in Ealing Road, Wembley – officers found that there were at least 293 instances in which the letters had been falsified.
A series of raids on 1 February 2018, uncovered mobile phones containing images of falsified NIPs.
Alhendi’s associate and wife were arrested but he was in prison at that time for a separate offence.
The associate was charged with identification frauds and released under investigation for perverting the course of justice. However, during this time he fled the country but is still wanted for the offence.
Alhendi and Slizauskaite had pleaded guilty in February to their offences.
Last week at Harrow Crown Court, Alhendi was sentenced to jail for four and a half years over perverting the course of justice, fraudulently opening bank accounts in false names and fraudulently obtaining driving licences which were then used to open bank accounts.
He was sentenced to an additional four months in prison, to be served consecutively, for one count of fraud for providing a fake name to police.
Slizauskaite was given a seven-month sentence, suspended for 12 months, and three months electronic monitoring, for perverting the course of justice.
Detective Constable Isabel Peres, Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC) proactive crime team, said: “I am very pleased with this outcome and that we have brought this illegal operation to an end.
“Alhendi’s fraudulent actions meant that motorists who committed dangerous driving offences went unpunished and unchecked.
“For the safety of all road users, we need to know who offending motorists are.
“By helping to keep dangerous drivers on the roads, Alhendi’s scam could have had serious consequences for other people walking and cycling and motorists.”
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