CASE LAW - R v Ismail

BC Courts Coat of ArmsAltab Ismail has a significant driving record and owes ICBC money from an unresolved collision debt, so his driver's license was canceled when he made no attempt to satisfy the debt. From Mr. Ismail's point of view the difficulty lay in the fact that he worked as a delivery driver and required a driver's licence in order to earn his living.

His solution was to personate his younger brother and apply for another driver's license. This took some time as he was repeatedly unable to pass the knowledge and vision tests. By the time that he was successful, ICBC was suspicious of his identity and investigated. This resulted in a charge under section 403(a) of the Criminal Code for fraudulently personating another to gain advantage.

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