‘The Fixer’ jailed for using Fake Details for Motoring Offences

A man known as ‘The Fixer’ has been jailed for running a scam. He used fake details to help drivers who had committed motoring offences.

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"Mr Ahmed was known in his community as 'The Fixer'."

Syed Shahed Ahmed, aged 43, of Sunderland, was jailed for three-and-a-half years for running a scam where he used bogus details to help drivers who had committed motoring offences.

Newcastle Crown Court heard he helped over a dozen drivers avoid fines and points on their licence for speeding and running red lights.

Ahmed, who was known as ‘The Fixer’ would fill out penalty notices for drivers caught committing motoring offences claiming that another person was driving, using a fake name and date of birth.

He evaded detection for three years by using fake details and various addresses in Sunderland. Ahmed made thousands of pounds from the scam.

Ahmed claimed that the fake drivers lived at one of eight properties, including his Zaan Spice takeaway business and his home.

However, PC Fiona Wood looked into individual offences listed at each of the properties in more detail. At that point, Ahmed’s lies came to light.

Between October 2015 and June 2016, seven notices of intended prosecutions were delivered to an address on Leamington Street, which was associated with Ahmed.

But the property was empty and as Ahmed seemed uncontactable, officers dug deeper into the discrepancies and found two other addresses he was using as part of the scam.

PC Wood said: “Mr Ahmed was known in his community as ‘The Fixer’. People would go to him with notices for minor traffic offences and speeding offences and would pay him.

“When we went to Leamington Street it was an empty property. I spoke to a rental company and it turned out Mr Ahmed had rented it for a few months.

“Mr Ahmed had control of all the addresses so we knew he was the link. He would means test people and charge them between £60 and £300 depending on their job.”

After reviewing hundreds of hours worth of CCTV footage and pages of documents, the eight properties were raided at the same time in September 2016.

However, when officers found that Ahmed was not at home, he discovered that the police were onto him for his scam.

PC Wood explained: “It goes to show what a tight-knit community they were when we received a call just a couple of hours later from Mr Ahmed asking why we were at his front door.

“He wasn’t even in the country. He was in Bangladesh on holiday.

“He came back a couple of weeks later and didn’t contact us. We knew his children were going back to school so we knocked on the door and, surprisingly, he answered and we arrested him.”

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Despite claiming to have sold his phone, officers had enough evidence to charge him for running the motoring offences scam and the fourteen drivers.

PC Wood added: “He had no guilt. Mr Ahmed set out for this to be his business. He looked into how he can do it and put a lot of thought into how long he could get away with it. Clearly he didn’t in the end.

“He showed no remorse. He was very arrogant and loved his reputation as ‘The Fixer’.”

“I don’t think any of them thought they wouldn’t get away with it.

“I think that he has taken advantage of people’s naivety. These people did not realise the severity of the offence in not returning the forms and going through the correct procedures of the law.”

Ahmed pleaded guilty to conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, 16 counts of fraud and money laundering. He received a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence.

Chronicle Live reported that the Sunderland-based drivers who went to Ahmed received suspended sentences and ordered to undertake unpaid work.

The drivers include:

  • Afsar Ali, aged 27, of Otto Terrace, was handed an eight-month sentence suspended for 12 months and 240 hours unpaid work after being found guilty by a jury of two counts of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
  • Oliur Chowdhury, aged 29, of Blenheim Walk, South Shields, received an eight-month sentence suspended for 12 months and 240 hours unpaid work after admitting conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
  • Saeed Laskar, aged 24, of Palmerston Street, South Shields, was sentenced to six months suspended for 12 months and 220 hours unpaid work after being found guilty by a jury of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
  • Rebecca Lambert, aged 31, of Cambridge Road, admitted conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and received a four-month sentence suspended for 12 months and 100 hours unpaid work.
  • Stefan Lambert, aged 29, of Polworth Square, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and was handed a four-month sentence suspended for 12 months and 180 hours unpaid work.
  • Abdul Shohid, aged 62, of Ranson Street, was found guilty of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and has been sentenced to five months in prison suspended for 12 months and 200 hours unpaid work.
  • Hammad Ahmed, aged 24, of Thornhill Terrace, admitted conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and received a three-month sentence suspended for 12 months and 150 hours unpaid work.
  • Syed Sabir Ahmed, aged 35, of General Graham Street, was handed a five-month sentence suspended for 12 months and 150 hours unpaid work after pleading guilty to conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
  • Mohammad Sharif, aged 50, of Brunton Terrace, was sentenced to four months suspended for 12 months and 180 hours unpaid work after admitting conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
  • Abdul Amin, aged 50, of Abbotsford Grove, was handed a four-month sentence suspended for 12 months and 180 hours unpaid work after pleading guilty to conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
  • Murshad Miah, aged 37, of Mainsforth Terrace West, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and received a four-month sentence suspended for 12 months and 180 hours unpaid work.
  • Shayer Miah, aged 46, of Otto Terrace, admitted conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and was sentenced to four months suspended for 12 months and 18 hours unpaid work.
  • Syed Suber Ahmed, aged 57, of Otto Terrace, was handed 28-day curfew after pleading guilty to conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
  • Syed Nasir Ahmed, aged 34, of Otto Terrace, admitted conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and received a four-month sentence suspended for 12 months and 180 hours unpaid work.

PC Wood said: “Syed Shahed Ahmed ran a large-scale operation in the heart of our community but today it has come crashing down around him.

“Ahmed showed a total disregard for the law and thought he was too clever to be caught.”

“He appeared to thrive from his criminality and reputation within his circles as ‘The Fixer’. He clearly felt he was above the law.

“However, he and all those who knowingly handed over their penalty notices have now been rightly punished for their disingenuous and unlawful actions.

“As part of this investigation, with support from Operation Dragoon, we trawled through hundreds of hours of CCTV footage and followed an endless document trail to map out this complex web of criminality.

“Most speeding offences result in an offer to attend a speed awareness course or three penalty points and a fine.

“However, by allowing Ahmed to provide police with false information on their behalf, the defendants have now received a far greater punishment.”

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