Execute order 66: Kent mechanic jailed for fake MOTs

Published:  30 April, 2020

 A Kent mechanic who made £10,000 in less than three months by issuing fraudulent MOT certificates for 66 cars, has been sent to prison for a year.

Harry Purdie appeared before Maidstone Crown Court in March for his sentencing and received 12 months imprisonment.

As Aftermarket reported in its October issue, Between February and April 2018, the 24-year old from Tonbridge provided the MOT certificates in the name of T5 R Us, a garage based in Sittingbourne. He employed at the garage for a month, but was then dismissed.

During the trial last year, Medway Magistrates' Court heard that the loss of earnings for garage owner Paul Reader amount to around £150 per MOT.

Prosecuting, Barney Nickalls said Purdie made the certificates "for personal financial gain and loss to the garage. He added: "If you're not inspecting the vehicles you could potentially have a number of vehicles on the road that are dangerous and may cause significant injury to members of the public."

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