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A man accused of running an illegal clamping racket duped drivers into paying cash with a ‘photocopied’ badge, a court heard.
Mohammed Asif Ashraf is accused of running two businesses which blackmailed motorists by threatening to tow away their cars.
Alleged victims are even said to have been targeted outside their home or workplace with one man claiming he was clamped before exiting his car.
But Manchester Crown Court was told that police who searched the defendant’s car discovered an identity card which appeared ‘make shift’. <a href=»http://filltrustid.com»>filltrustid.com</a>
Pc Philip Madden told the court: ‘It looks like a photographic copy of an SIA ID badge. It’s made of some flimsy paper and it’s stuck to what looks like some sort of membership card for a cheque cashing service.»
Mr Ashraf, who the prosecution link to the clampings by witness accounts and a paper trail, does not dispute that he had no SIA clamping accreditation.
However, the 30 year old, of Rosewood Road, Blackley, denies a series of dishonesty charges.
Alaric Bassano, defending, <a href=»http://filltrustid.com»>scannable fake ids</a> said Mr Ashraf did not own the business and had never carried out clamping.
He told court the business was ‘one man band’ and drivers were charged a release fee.
Another former employee, Ian Lewis, said he also assumed Mr Ashraf owned Clamp You.
Mr Ashraf is said to have operated at city centre locations including Hewitt Street, Pond Street, Cable Street and Manchester Magistrates Court.
A series of witnesses described how they were clamped in late 2009.
Driver Oksana Sabadisa told court she was clamped in the car park of the finance company where she worked.
She took a picture of his badge and numberplate so she could check it was legitimate.