Liverpool court clerk trial over motorist records scam

A court clerk helped more than 70 motorists falsify their driving records and escape bans in return for cash payments, a jury has heard.

David Kelly, 47, of Liverpool, is alleged to have run the scam from his office at Liverpool Magistrates' Court.

A jury at Preston Crown Court heard motorists would pay for driving offences to be deleted from their licences.

Kelly denies conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

He is on trial with four of his alleged "customers" accused of perverting the course of justice.

Kelly would fax bogus forms from the court to the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), requesting alterations to their licences to remove details of convictions, disqualifications and penalty points between 2004 and 2010, the court heard.

Officers at the DVLA in Swansea became suspicious of forms he faxed in 2008, but an internal investigation cleared him when he claimed it was a clerical error.

He was caught in April 2010 when court staff discovered bogus forms and driver details in a confidential waste sack, the jury was told.

The trial continues.

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