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HGV training fraudsters sentenced to prison

  • 07 March 2014
  • By Chris Tindall

A gang of fraudsters who cheated would-be HGV drivers out of more than £1m by offering non-existent training has been sentenced to between four-and-a-half and six years in prison.

Following a six-week trial at the Old Bailey, Judge Bevan branded the fraud a “cynical ploy” and disqualified the four men from being directors from five years up to 12 years.

Mohammed Shuab Miah, 28, Mohammed Saidur Rahman, 27, and Simon Brindley, 46 – sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison – were found guilty on four counts of fraudulent trading after running Highway LGV, LGV Specialist, Blackwater LGV and Quickpass LGV.

Sheikh Muhammad Osama Rahman, 27 – sentenced to six years – pleaded guilty to the offences before the trial began.
Brindley had also been given a 16-month prison sentence in December after being convicted of similar offences via his involvement in Fast Track HGV.

The court heard how the firms conned customers into paying up to £3,000 for HGV training.

The fraud was backed by sophisticated marketing in the form of professional-looking websites and brochures, but the training rarely materialised.

The judge said: “You are now, and appear to remain, contemptuous of your victims, and any mitigation pales into insignificance in relation to loss deliberately caused to others.”

A fifth defendant, Amzad Ali, 27 was acquitted of all charges.

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