Jail for Facebook speeding scammer
A man has been jailed after seeking a volunteer on Facebook to take his speeding penalty points.
Scott Woodburn, 32, from Rotherham, was recorded breaking the speed limit on the A61 Halifax Road in Sheffield in November 2011.
He has received a five-month sentence for paying another man, Daniel Baggaley, 26, to admit to the speeding offence, according to South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership.
According to the partnership, Woodburn posted on Facebook asking someone to take the penalty points in return for payment.
Baggaley, who does not hold a driving licence, took up his offer and confessed to the speeding offence and was paid £250 by Woodburn.
A spokesman for the partnership, which represents organisations including police, councils and the Highway Agency, said the sentence "will send a warning to anyone who would consider anything so irresponsible".
He said that Woodburn refused to co-operate with the investigation and only pleaded guilty to preverting the course of justice when strength of evidence against him became clear. Police used forensic evidence to prove it was Woodburn driving, the spokesman added.
"It is a crime to admit an offence on behalf of someone else. If someone approaches you to admit an offence on their behalf you should inform the police.
"Woodburn showed no regard for anyone else. He was prepared to drive at excessive speed. Once caught, rather than changing the manner of his driving he selfishly paid to have someone else to take the blame so that he could continue behaving as before."