Bogus driving instructor jailed

A bogus driving instructor from Dewsbury who made thousands of pounds from unsuspecting learners has been jailed for four months for running an “uninsured and dangerous” scam.

Paul Berry, 44, had failed to qualify as an approved driving instructor but instead of retraining he decided to “masquerade” as a professional and went out on the road with learner drivers, some of whom went on to pass their test.

He admitted seven counts of fraud when he appeared before Leeds Crown Court.

Prosecuting, Richard Clews, said Berry had claimed he was an approved driving instructor and had given lessons with a number of learners and had received payment from the instruction between September 2007 and October 2010.

The court was told Berry had passed the first two parts of his instructor exams, but failed the third and final part and did not retake the test.

Judge Kerry Macgill said custody was his only option as he sentenced him to four months in jail.

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