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Thursday 14 December 2017

a chip shop owner has been spared jail for helping an allegedly corrupt civil servant in selling false driving licences to foreign nationals.

a chip shop owner has been spared jail for helping an allegedly corrupt civil servant in selling false driving licences to foreign nationals.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Altin Meci (30) was in a relationship with a woman in the Motor Tax Office who was responsible for the issuing of driving licences.

They came to an agreement that the civil servant, who was identified in court as "Officer A", would supply licences to people who were sourced by Meci. Clients paid €1000 per licence and did not have to pass an Irish driving test.

Meci, who comes from Kosovo and now lives in Aulden Grange, Santry, Dublin pleaded guilty to eleven counts of making a false instrument between October 2008 and April 2010 at the Motor Tax Office in Ballymun.

Judge Patricia Ryan took into account his early guilty plea and full admissions. She imposed a one year suspended sentence and fined Meci €5,000. Officer A is still before the courts and has yet to enter a plea.

Detective Garda Ronan McMorrow told prosecuting counsel Garrett McCormack BL that he began an investigation after receiving information from The Motor Tax Office about false licences.

Officer A was suspected of issuing several false drivers licences in exchange for foreign licences. She allegedly used forged certificates of competency to issue the licences meaning the recipients never had to pass an Irish driving test.

Meci was arrested as part of the investigation. He said he was in a relationship with Officer A and told her he was having trouble getting a licence.

She offered to get him one and afterwards they came to an arrangement where Meci would charge foreign nationals for a false licence which Officer A would get for him. Meci said he made €5,000 from the scam and that Officer A also made €5000.

Defence counsel Ronan Kennedy BL said Meci is now married to a British woman and has one son. He said he runs a takeaway in Coolock and employs several people. Counsel said his client sponsors local soccer teams and is involved in charity work.

He said he witnessed "unspeakable sights" during the conflict in Kosovo and lost both his parents in the war.

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