25 May 2024
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MOT equipment Sales Manager prosecuted for forged solicitors’ letters

A sales manager at garage equipment company Oakmain has been convicted for forging solicitor letters used as part of the process garages undertake to secure MOT Testing Station status, and has received an 18-month suspended custodial sentence.

Thomas Richard Woods was convicted last Monday (16 January 2023) on three charges of for knowingly providing false information. The conviction, at Newport Crown Court, followed a DVSA investigation. It was the first prosecution for providing fraudulent solicitors letters used as part of MOT garage applications. He was also ordered to carry out unpaid work of 220 hours, pay prosecution costs of £4,736.20 together with a victim surcharge of £149.DVSA examiners discovered the fraud after undertaking a routine MOT garage audit. The offences were carried out between November 2019 and October 2021.

Commenting on the outcome of the case, DVSA’s Director of Enforcement, Marian Kitson said: “Applications to be an MOT testing station are made in good faith by the applicants concerned. Motorists need to feel confident they can rely on MOT testing stations to carry out any necessary work and garages using professional services should expect the service to be legitimate. This case shows the DVSA will take action against those who abuse the MOT testing scheme for their own gain.”