Birmingham & Black Country

Man jailed after HGV driver licence test translation con

An Urdu translator has been jailed for helping prospective HGV and bus drivers obtain licences by cheating their way through theory tests.

Muhammed Saeed, 41, of Alum Rock Road, Alum Rock, Birmingham, was given a two year sentence after admitting fraud.

He was approved to voice the exam's multiple choice questions and answer options, West Midlands Police said.

But it was found he used one of several Urdu words meaning "you" to highlight the answer, the force said.

Saeed, who was jailed at Birmingham Crown Court earlier, admitted six counts of fraud between January and April 2013. A further three counts will lie on file.

Words that did not form part of the answer options were read out by him during the multiple choice selection he believed was correct, police said.

The driving licences of Saeed's 239 clients − dating back to the first voiceover he provided in June 2008 − have been revoked on road safety grounds and all will have to reapply for licences and retake theory tests, the force said.

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