THREE MOT fraudsters have received suspended jail sentences following an investigation into their criminal activities.
The trio plus another defendant, who worked for Enfield Car Repairs Ltd of Baird Road, Enfield, were sentenced at Harrow Crown Court, having already pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing. The judge in the case said their actions posed a ‘substantial danger to the public’.
It followed a probe by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), which found that the garage where they worked had issued fraudulent MOT certificates for 73 vehicles, but none of the vehicles had even attended the garage for inspection.
Brothers Gentjan Fejzo and Ermal Fejzo, along with Ajet Axhami, pleaded guilty to two conspiracies to make false representations, and Roland Liksenaj pleaded guilty to supplying an article for use in fraud.
Gentjan Fejzo, 34, of Brockett Way, Chigwell, received 21 months’ imprisonment suspended for two years and was ordered to undertake 250 hours of unpaid work. Ermal, 38, of Whistler Walk, Chelsea, was handed an 18-month jail sentence also suspended for two years and was also told to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work.
Axhami, 41, of Harbourer Close, Hainault, was given a 16-month prison sentence again suspended for two years and on the condition that he undertakes 150 hours of unpaid work. He was also told to pay £3,000 costs.
Liksenaj, 29, of Northwood Avenue, Hornchurch, was ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and pay costs of £1,500.
Gentjan and Ermal Fejzo each received a four-month curfew as well. An order for costs against them has been deferred until the completion of a Proceeds of Crime Act investigation into their activities.
After the case, DVSA head of counter-fraud and investigations Andy Rice said: ‘DVSA’s priority is to protect everyone from unsafe drivers and vehicles.
‘The MOT is vital for making sure the vehicles on Britain’s roads are safe to drive. That’s why it’s so important that MOT testers act with honesty and integrity.
‘The sentences handed down by the court in this case show we will seek the strongest possible punishments for anyone caught defrauding the MOT.’
Sentencing was carried out on November 16 but the details have only just been made public.