road-side policing units further along that road (it only takes seconds) and the vehicle stopped. I have heard that in addition to the not having paid the annual road fund tax there, where a vehicle is then automatically crushed, it is being extended to other such motoring documentation offences as well. 3. Now I was the person who contacted the local English language newspaper that is distributed throughout Spain (and to be fair to the other newspapers it was the Euro Weekly news. This paper was advertising every week for over two years to my knowledge (I advised them in early 2009) what to anyone with the bare minimum of common sense just had to be fraud. After checking by phoning the advertisers, a “J G O’Connor”, I confirmed that it was fraud so I then advised the EWN three times even going into their offices but I was totally ignored. 4. Why am I pleased that these crooks have been arrested? Because they were cheating us expats out of our hard-earned money. Ok, I know that the “victims” were very silly and “party to the crime” and must now sweat to see if they will be prosecuted if caught, but the up to reported £200 asked for each bogus certificates would have gone towards legalising their vehicle here in Spain anyway. These “silly people” knew that the MOT certificates were not legal and so are also culpable in the crime, but someone has to look out for us impoverished expats, and if the EWN was not interested (as was another local paper I simultaneously reported it to in early 2009) then someone has to do the right thing. Initially I wanted my name kept out of it, but for why? I was doing those, back then and now, who bought the bogus certificates a great favour.
Published on Jan 22, 2011