Bodybuilder Jailed For Sending Lookalike To Take His Driving Theory Test
The staff at two separate testing centres copped on to 38-year-old Amir Lorzadeh's tactic of trying to insert an earpiece during the tests to help translate the questions.
Strangely enough, headphones can be requested to get the test in most languages, the court heard.
Then, even more bizarrely, he sent along someone who looked a bit like him to sit a third test in his place.
Now, he's been jailed for 11 months at Gloucester Crown Court on Thursday.
Lorzadeh, who lives in Birmingham and came to the UK in 2016, was convicted of the first two offences at a trial, but then admitted the third.
Judge Jason Taylor QC told him: "You had callous disregard of the integrity of a system which is design to ensure that only those qualified to drive safely get behind the wheel of a car."
Upon reviewing the video evidence, Judge Taylor added: "You have to be very eagle-eyed to spot those manoeuvres - they were almost undetectable."
The first incident took place in 2017, when Lorzadeh was seen on CCTV slipping the device into his headphones, when an invigilator stopped the test and asked for the headphones to be removed, Lorzadeh did not comply.
A similar incident then took place in 2018, during which he again tried to conceal the device inside the headphones.
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Prosecutor Justin Davies said: "Lorzadeh was placed near the invigilator's desk so that his movement could be monitored. He was observed passing a device from his hand into the headphones, whereupon test centre staff intervened to confirm their suspicions.
"Lorzadeh then removed the device and concealed it within his clenched fist. He was then removed from the examination."
He then booked another test in Redditch in late 2019, and this time sent along someone who resembled him instead.
In sentencing, Judge Taylor said: "He seems to think the theory test is an inconvenience and is an unnecessary obstacle in his way.
"Your actions show a brazen disrespect of due process in continuing to offend whilst awaiting trial.
"Individually and together these are serious offences, especially when you consider the planning undertaken during the process which would have involved others at the other end of the Bluetooth device.
"I don't believe you are remorseful as you committed this offending on more than one occasion.
"Your lack of insight and your minimising of the seriousness of your offending does not reflect well on you."
He was convicted of two counts of possessing an article for use in fraud, and pleaded guilty on 21 September to supplying an article, in this case his provisional license, to the person who resembled him for fraud.
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