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Man Helped Another Man Take Driving Final Theory Test by Impersonating Him
A man has been caught helping another man take his final theory test for driving licence qualification, and they’re now both in trouble.
25-year-old Zhu Junyuan failed his final theory test, and was figuring out a way to pass it on his retake. This was where 38-year-old Leng Shuang came in. The former sought help from the latter in taking the exam.
Zhu promised an unspecified sum of money in exchange for Leng to retake the test using his identity card.
The ends justify the means? No.
Drive to Cheat, Cheat to Drive
On 16 June 2022, Zhu took the test at the Singapore Safety Driving Centre (SSDC) but failed it. The Singaporean then went out of the building for a puff and saw his partner-in-crime.
The Chinese national advised him to book another test date, and Zhu did as told, booking his retest on 30 June 2022.
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In an offer to help him cheat, Leng told him he knew how to handle the test, which prompted Zhu to offer him money as compensation for the service. Leng quickly agreed to the deal.
A fortnight later, they met at SSDC. Zhu handed Leng his NRIC, Leng walked into the test room, and the rest is history.
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At approximately 6:30pm, the driving tester began verifying the names of the test-takers.
He called out their names and asked them to report with their NRICs. Leng took out the NRIC and when the faces were dissimilar, the tester became suspicious.
He asked Leng of his date of birth and the man immediately folded. After failing to provide the correct answer, the man admitted that he was an imposter.
The tester alerted the police soon after.
Faces Different, Face the Music
Zhu pleaded guilty to one count of cheating by personation and was sentenced to two months’ jail. As for the older man, he was also sentenced to imprisonment of the same duration.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Wu Jie reasoned that Zhu was “someone who was not fit to be driving” and thus “there was a greater risk posed by (his) attempt to have someone else take the final theory test for him.”
Zhu’s bail has been set at $10,000 and he will begin his sentence on 15 December 2022.
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