Garage Owner Jailed After Taking Blame for 120 Speeding Tickets in Exchange for Cash

by Charlotte Cardingham
Posted by Hannah on 26 January 2009
Garage Owner Jailed After Taking Blame for 120 Speeding Tickets in Exchange for Cash

It's believed that he earned upwards of 24,000 through his scam.

Abdul Musa, a garage owner from Blackburn, Lancashire, today begins a 16 month stretch in jail after police discovered he was getting paid to take the blame for other people’s speeding offences.

According to reports he charged customers £200 a time for his ‘services’, admitting to authorities that he had been driving a car when it got caught on camera.  With his service proving particularly popular with local taxi drivers it is believed that he made upwards of £24,000.

It is though that he falsely accepted responsibility for at least 120 speeding tickets over a 4 year period. However, Musa was only charged on 13 counts of perverting the course of justice after police found evidence of just five £60 fixed penalty notices, seven notices of intended prosecutions and one notice of court proceedings when they searched his home.

Musa, who is currently without a valid driving licence, managed to evade suspicion for such a long time by repeatedly changing the spelling of his name and flouting regulations that mean authorities only have 6 months to resolve speeding offences.

Eventually, however, the unusually large number of penalty notices being sent to his home was noticed and police began an investigation.

Ironically, while 11 of Musa’s customers were also charged with perverting the course of justice and ordered to do community service, few would have been subject to such a penalty had they accepted the speeding fine themselves. In fact, the vast majority of those who paid Musa to accept guilt on their behalf were driving at less than 10 mph over the limit when they were caught – an infringement that would have simply carried three points on their licence and a £60 fine.

"The remarkable thing about this case is that the drivers went to great lengths to avoid points on a driving licence even though many had no points or any previous dealing with the criminal justice system." said Judge Pamela Badley on sentencing.

"It goes to show that when temptation is put before someone to break the rules, they can go ahead without thinking of the consequences."


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Your Comments

on 27 Jan 2009 16:14
I think Judge Pamela should not generalize, ESPECIALLY someone in her position. It just isn't very professional.
on 27 Jan 2009 05:36
Actually, what it goes to show is that dealing with the bureaucracy is so painful that people would rather pay 200 and be left alone rather than deal with the system and pay 60. It is the people who make the rules that usually fail to think through the consequences.