Jail for biggest-ever MoT test fraudster

* Husband and ex-wife sentenced * Three sentences of four years each * Ran operation from Leeds garages...

Jail for biggest-ever MoT test fraudster
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What Car? Staff
3 Feb 2009 12:23

A garage owner and his former wife have been jailed for Britains biggest ever MoT test scam.

Roobik Mirzabegi was convicted of three counts of conspiracy to defraud at Leeds Crown Court last October, after an investigation by the Vehicle Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and West Yorkshire Police.

He has been sentenced to four years in prison for each count, with the terms to run concurrently.
His ex-wife Julie Mirzabegi was sentenced to nine months for fraud and two years for money laundering: also to run concurrently.

Mr Mirzabegi used four garages in the city to issue thousands of invalid MoT test certificates for vehicles that were not properly tested.

His brother, Hakop Mirzabaigian, was also found guilty of forgery in October and was fined 6500. Ten other men received sentences in January 2007 for their involvement in the case.