A man who provided fake taxi plates has been sentenced to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty to six counts of fraud relating to taxi licensing.
Waseem Akhtar, 32, of Dovedale Road, Carlton, was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday August 28.
Despite never being a taxi driver for Gedling Borough Council, Mr Akhtar sold a vehicle to a third party claiming it was licensed with the council. He tampered with the license plate to change the date and produced a fake paper license in order to make a profit.
Although the plates may have appeared convincing to passers-by, an eagle-eyed member of staff from the council’s Licensing department spotted the inauthenticity and reported it immediately.
Mr Akhtar is a repeat offender of fraud; he was jailed in 2013 for six months for falsely claiming he held a taxi licence, following previous convictions for the same offence. He was also jailed for a further two months after admitting submitting false receipts for journeys he had not completed.
Since June, he has been on bail with the conditions of not sitting in the front of a private hire vehicle.