A Birmingham man Moshin Zeb (age 24) has today pleaded guilty at Black Country Magistrates Court to 7 separate charges of false representation, premeditated fraud and a string of driving offences in the borough of Walsall and wider.
Moshin Zeb is charged by Walsall Council with a long list of fraud and driving offences. These include driving without a driving licence and insurance and impersonating his brother in order to fraudulently gain a licence to drive Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles in the borough of Walsall. Zeb of Erdington was disqualified from holding a licence over four years ago for dangerous driving. Solicitors representing the Council accused him of knowingly posing as his brother Muheen Zeb, so he could obtain a licence to operate as a taxi Driver in Walsall.
He was charged with applying for a vehicle proprietor’s licence and presenting documents on several occasions between January and April 2017 to Council Licensing officers in the full knowledge that they were not his. He was therefore charged with illegally assuming the identity of his brother Muheen Zeb, as well as falsely presenting himself in this guise.
Walsall Council has also charged him with driving vehicles on the highway whilst disqualified from driving and without insurance between February and April 2017.
Councillor Ian Shires, Portfolio Holder for Communities Leisure and Culture said: “This was a premeditated course of action taken by Moshin Zeb to deceive the local authority and potentially put customers at risk. Officers took swift action to revoke his private hire driver’s licence and vehicle proprietor’s licence as soon as they had evidence of the fraud. This has been followed up with a thorough investigation culminating in bringing the matter before the courts.”
At today’s proceedings the case was viewed so seriously that it has now been referred to Wolverhampton Crown Court for sentence on 4 January 2018.