Friday 30 September 2016

Would-be taxi driver cautioned for fraud after NYPD letter revealed as fake

Published 30/07/2015 | 09:22

The NYPD has helped foil a man's bid to become a West Midlands taxi driver by exposing his reference letter as a fake
The NYPD has helped foil a man's bid to become a West Midlands taxi driver by exposing his reference letter as a fake

A would-be taxi driver who faked a letter from the New York Police Department in a bid to get a licence has been rumbled.

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The driver, who has not been named, but is from Sandwell, West Midlands, sent the local council a letter claiming to be from the NYPD as evidence of good conduct.

The letter was needed by the authority as the applicant had lived in the UK for less than five years.

But the taxi licensing office at Sandwell Council became suspicous and liaised with the NYPD who confirmed the letter was a forgery.

The driver was cautioned for fraud.

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: "His application for a private hire driver's licence was understandably declined.

"It was a great example of multi-agency co-operation, not just locally, but across the Atlantic."

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