A driving instructor and examiner have been convicted of accepting bribes to pass students.
Salima Rashid, 49, of St George’s Avenue, Grays took money from her learner drivers she taught, of up to £1000 a time, saying she would get them passed at Barking Driving Test Centre.
The grandmother of eight would then split the cash betwween two examiners at the centre, including 38 years old Nick Madigan of Kitkatts road, Canvey.
Durning a trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court, Rashid denied she had ever taken cash-for-pass, from students or had any knowledge about the scam, blaming the examiners and her “corrupt” pupils.
They were all found guilty of conspiracy to commit bribery and Rashid was sentenced to two years imprisonment.
One former student, Nadia Ali said she gave an envelope, with £1000 cash, to her instructor on the day of her driving test at Barking test centre. She went to pass, despite having a near miss with an oncoming car durning her exam.
Examiner Madigan pleaded guilty.
Another examiner, Kulwinder Mann 47, from Chadwell Heath, had passed students after taking backhanders without even taking them out on to the road. Both examiners are now waiting to be sentenced on April 8th 2011
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