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Man jailed for driving test fraud

An illegal immigrant who was paid 100 a time to sit driving exams for more than 100 people has been jailed for two years and told he will be deported.

Police said Indian national Palwinder Singh Johal was part of Britain's biggest driving test fraud.

The 24-year-old, of Warwick Crescent, Hayes, Middlesex, was caught in Oxford where he had been sitting the theory part of the test.

He was jailed at Oxford Crown Court on Friday after admitting fraud.

Johal pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to obtain goods by deception and two counts of fraud by abuse of position.

Track down drivers

After the sentencing, Insp Jim Strachan, of Thames Valley Police, said: "We believe this scam runs into hundreds of impersonations.

"Johal has pleaded guilty to 21 impersonation tests but we believe that's the tip of the iceberg."

Johal took tests for people across the south of England and the West Midlands and operated from a gang base in Slough, Berkshire.

The Driving Standards Agency said it was now trying to track down the people who Johal had impersonated.

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