Driver loses job after fraudulent motor insurance

A DALES driver lost his job after he fraudulently altered his motor insurance certificate, a court heard.

Josh Greatorex started a policy on May 29 – the day after a police spot-check on the A6 at Matlock.

He then scanned the insurance certificate into a computer and used software to alter the start date to May 27.

Becky Mahon, prosecuting, said Greatorex had penalty points on his licence for driving without insurance which he had not declared to the insurers.

She added: “He said he did it because his insurance premium would have been more expensive if he had declared previous offences.”

Greatorex, 20, of Painters Way, Two Dales, admitted driving without insurance, fraudulently altering an insurance certificate and witholding information to obtain insurance.

The justices called for probation service reports and committed the case to Derby Crown Court for sentencing on September 16.

He was granted unconditional bail and an interim driving ban was imposed.

“I have already been punished as I lost my job as a result of this,” Greatorex told the court.

He added: “I’m ashamed. I’m sorry and it won’t happen again.”