MANCHESTER: English test scammers Mehboob Jilani and Muhammad Bilal were jailed at Preston Crown Court on June 21, 2019, for their roles in an English language test scam.
They oversaw systematic cheating on English language tests at colleges in Manchester and Salford.
Jilani and Bilal were managers at Secure English Language Test (SELT) centres when they carried out the scam.
The operation involved arranging for English speaking individuals to sit SELT exams on behalf of foreign nationals.
They fraudulently obtained qualifications that would be used to support applications for student visas or jobs.
Both men carried out the scam at the Innovative Learning Centre and Apex College, both on Charles Street, Manchester, as well as the Manchester College of Accountancy and Management in Eccles.
The colleges were accredited to deliver the tests on behalf of Educational Testing Services (ETS), a Home Office-licensed company.
Evidence of cheating first came to light when ETS inspectors carried out unannounced visits at the colleges in 2013.
During one inspector, a power cut occurred before inspectors could carry out checks on the candidates.
Jilani, who acted as an administrator, blamed a “fuse blowing” for the power cut.
It actually acted as a window for the “pilots” to leave the room and switch places with the real candidates.