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Woman sentenced to jail after successfully pining speeding tickets on dead husband

By Mason White 10:03 AM May 26, 2014
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By: Devansh Dutt
A woman got off easy with her speeding tickets after blaming her speeding on her dead husband.

60-year-old Catherine Goodwin of Nottingham, United Kingdom, successfully got away with two tickets for speeding, claiming that her husband was behind the wheel.

The problem is that her husband has been dead since 2007.

Goodwin was sentenced to six months in jail for two counts of obstruction of justice, and to making fraudulent applications to obtain a passport.

The woman’s lies was uncovered after she applied for a passport for her deceased husband. Authorities said that a car belonging to Goodwin, was caught speeding twice by speed cameras.

Goodwin paid the fines, but avoided getting points on her license by claiming that her husband, Alan, had been driving.

Six penalty points were placed on the dead man’s driving record after he was already deceased.

Workers at the United Kingdom’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, were unaware of the deceit until Goodwin applied for a passport on behalf of her husband.

This form for the passport was returned to her unprocessed. However, Goodwin resubmit the request, and this time she used a photo of a man she met in Spain.

Officials realized that something was wrong and alerted police, who discovered that Goodwin’s husband was no longer alive.

Goodwin’s attorney, Steve Gosnell, told the court that his client had been the primary caregiver of her husband and she became depressed after his death.

Judge Ebrahim Mooncey was not sympathetic and sentenced her to six months in jail.