When a man applied for car insurance it was discovered that he was using a counterfeit licence, Craigavon Magistrates Court heard last Wednesday.
Tomas Norusas (34), Park Road, Portadown, was fined £250 and banned for three months for making a false declaration to obtain insurance on June 17 last year. Fines of £75 were imposed for possession of a false Lithuanian driving licence and using it in connection with a fraud.
He had denied the charges but was convicted after a contested case and sentencing adjourned for a pre-sentence report.
The court heard that police received a report a counterfeit driving licence had been presented at Axa Insurance. Police called at the defendant’s home and when his driving documents were examined seven different abnormalities were found.
Norusas said he had attended a driving school in Lithuania and the licence posted to him. He believed it was genuine.
District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said anyone who obtained a licence by those means must know it was not going to be genuine but accepted there was some naivety on the part of the defendant.