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Fraudster dad sat driving test to get permit for friend

A YOUNG Chinese man attempted to defraud the driving licensing authorities by sitting the theory test and applying for a learner's permit while pretending to be his friend.

Xie Mingjie (26) took the test and applied for the licence for his flatmate because the man did not have good enough English to pass the theory test himself.


The father-of-one pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to a charge of using a false instrument at the Motor Tax Office on Queen Street.

The court heard Mingjie, of Custom Hall, Gardiner Street, had sat the test for the other man when he went to the licensing section of the office at 1pm on May 19 last year.

He had passed the test and got a certificate, which he presented, showing the other man's passport and applying for a learner's permit.

He had one previous conviction for a minor motoring offence.

"His friend, his flatmate wanted to get a learner's permit and my client stupidly and naively offered to sit the test for him," solicitor Stephen O'Mahony said.

"He then went one step further and went into the office and signed his name for him".

The court heard the defendant had been studying here on and off for seven years, while his friend had very poor English. Mingjie was attending the James Joyce English School.

His wife worked for the Kerry Group and was supporting him and their young child.

Mr O'Mahony said the accused had cash in court if the judge was to consider leaving him without a conviction.

"Absolutely, totally and completely no," Judge Hamill replied. "This was a deliberate attempt to deceive, on two occasions".


The judge said he was considering a prison sentence in the case but adjourned it for the production of community service suitability and probation reports.