Fraudster who set up private hire firm with forged licence sentenced at Northampton court

Northampton Magistrates' Court
Northampton Magistrates' Court
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A Northampton man who set up a private hire company using a forged driving licence has been fined.

Manvinder Singh Ahluwalia, aged 30, of Mershe Close, Hardingstone, was prosecuted by Northampton Borough Council.

He appeared at Northampton Magistrates' Court on September 27 and pleaded guilty to offences under the Fraud Act 2006, Forgery & Counterfeiting Act 1981 and no insurance.

After being found guilty on all three charges, the man was sentenced to a Community Service Order for 12 months including 60 hours of unpaid work for false instrument under the Fraud Act, a Community Service Order for 12 months including 60 hours of unpaid work for making a false document under the Forgery & Counterfeiting Act, eight points on his DVLA licence for having no insurance, a £300 fine and a £60 victim surcharge.

Cabinet member for community safety, Councillor Mike Hallam, said: “Having fully licensed vehicles , operators and drivers who work to ensure the safety of Northampton residents is very important to us.

“As part of our commitment to keeping our night time economy and public transport safe, we carry out regular checks and enforcements and we hope prosecutions will act as a deterrent to other people from committing offences in the future.”