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Woman who took driving tests for 'desperate' learners jailed

A woman who impersonated five learner drivers during their practical driving tests has been jailed for seven months.

Regine Tezangi was paid hundreds of pounds to sit the DVLA exams across south-east London.

She had earlier admitted six counts of fraud. The women she impersonated pleaded guilty and were also sentenced at Southwark Crown Court.

Judge Deborah Taylor said their actions had created a "risk of serious injury" which could have been "catastrophic".

She said the crime "totally undermines the driving licence system".

'Frustrated'

Tezangi, 52, was said to have carried out the offences between June 2014 and February 2016 after hearing "stories of desperation".

She was paid £500 to take the test by Ruphine Impiri, who had become "frustrated" by the number of lessons she had taken.

Tezangi originally failed the first test for her client and had to re-sit it two weeks later.

Impiri, 44, was given a three-month suspended sentence and ordered to complete 200 hours' unpaid work.

Two others, Esther Ehigbor, 53, Galech Barry, 30, received the same sentence.

Sylvie Omango, 37, was handed a three-month suspended sentence and a three-month curfew.

Riskiet Olawuyi, 46, was also given a three-month suspended sentence with a 20-day rehabilitation order.

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