Cop jailed for selling dodgy licences

| 19.06,09. 11:58 PM |

Cop jailed for selling dodgy licences


 June 19, 2009 11:00am

A FORMER Victorian police officer and her husband have been sentenced to jail for rorting $300,000 in a scheme selling motorcycle and truck licences without properly testing applicants.

Former senior constable Natalie Syros, 36, and Mark La Vanda, 44, both of Altona North, ran a VicRoads-accredited company to train and test people for heavy vehicle and motorcycle licences.

Syros, a mother of four, avoided immediate jail time after Judge Leslie Ross wholly suspended her 15-month sentence.

But her husband will spend at least 18 months in prison.

The court heard the pair went to factories asking if anyone wanted licences.

On one occasion they set up outside the Footscray fruit and vegetable market to solicit customers, the Victorian County Court was told.

La Vanda pleaded guilty to four counts of corruptly receiving commissions and Syros pleaded guilty to one count of corruptly receiving commissions.

La Vanda also pleaded guilty to possessing an unregistered rifle.

Judge Ross said the pair misused their positions of public trust.

"The corrupt behaviour by individuals with public responsibilities is serious offending and requires the imposition of jail time," he said.

Judge Ross jailed La Vanda for three years with a non-parole period of 18 months.

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