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Businesswoman Nosheen Sadaf produced fake letters saying her ‘sister in Pakistan’ had been driving the BMW
Nosheen Sadaf, 36, has been given a six-month sentence after pleading guilty to two counts of perjury
A businesswoman who twice fraudulently claimed her sister had been driving her car after being caught speeding was rumbled by handwriting experts.
Nosheen Sadaf was sent to prison for six months at Manchester Crown Court yesterday after her ruse was spotted by police.
Sadaf, 36, who was previously banned from driving for four months for totting up penalty points, was caught driving her BMW at 38mph in a 30mph zone on the A56 in September 2014, the court heard.
But when she received a letter informing her she was to be prosecuted, Sadaf claimed her sister, now living in Pakistan, was driving the car and had taken it without her permission.
She gave officers details of how to contact her sister, but she was never tracked down and the ticket was cancelled.
Then in March last year, Sadaf was again caught speeding, exceeding the 30mph limit while driving a Volvo on Alan Turing Way near the Etihad Stadium.
She again blamed her sister, the court heard, giving the exact same excuse.
Sadaf, of Montmano Drive, Didsbury, had sent letters on behalf of her sister, but handwriting experts were called in who proved that she had written the letters on both occasions.
Addressing Sadaf, who wept in the dock as she was sentenced, Judge Hilary Manley said: “These were repeated, calculated and deliberate actions by you designed to obfuscate and mislead to avoid the consequences of your bad driving.
“What is particularly aggravating in this case is that you did this repeatedly, not only preparing to lie again but worryingly you were still driving at excess speeds
“You didn’t appear to have learned from the first time and you were only caught out after the police engaged experts.”
Judge Manley said that it was ‘disingenuous’ for Sadaf, a single mother to a 12-year-old daughter, to appeal for leniency because of her child’s welfare.
The court was told that Sadaf, who most recently worked in sales for Leap, a company selling technology to the legal industry, was remorseful for her actions.
She previously pleaded guilty to two counts of perjury.