A driving instructor who accepted cash bribes to pay for escort services and trips to massage parlours has been sentenced to six years behind bars.
Jawad Joe Dimachki earned more than $15,000 by charging learner drivers between $400 and $500 for a guaranteed pass in their driving test.
The 38-year-old pleaded guilty to 25 corruption offences in relation to the scam, saying he used the profits to help care for his special needs son.
The court heard, however, the money was actually used to pay for trips to massage parlours and for escort services.
Jawad Joe Dimachki (pictured) earned more than $15,000 by charging learner drivers between $400 and $500 for a guaranteed pass in their driving test
The scam was carried out over three months in mid-2017 with learner drivers Abdul Kajani and Ethan Quadros previously admitting in court to bribing him.
In sentencing on Friday, Judge Michael Boylan acknowledged Dimachki’s son did need help which sometimes cost about $175 each week, but the family was not in financial difficulty.
‘You had money in the bank and you and your wife owned an investment property,’ he said.
‘You did not offend out of need, you offended, at least partly, out of greed.’
Judge Boylan said Dimachki would have suffered humiliation at the true use of the money, and he has brought ‘huge shame’ on his wife and two young sons.
‘I have no doubt that they have suffered much and will continue to suffer much on account of your offending and your general behaviour,’ he said.
Dimachki’s scheme came unstuck after authorities noticed an unusually high pass rate among his licence test candidates.
Judge Boylan said a number of students he had approved for licences subsequently failed a legitimate driving test, and his behaviour posed a risk to drivers and the community.
The scam was carried out over three months in mid-2017 with learner drivers Abdul Kajani (pictured) and Ethan Quadros previously admitting in court to bribing him
‘(Your offending) comprised a course of concentrated and sustained corruption in the public service – corruption which put South Australian and indeed Australian road users at risk,’ he said.
Last year, Abdul Kajani and Ethan Quadros received suspended sentences after Quadros paid Dimachki a bribe for Kajani’s certificate.
Dimachki was handed a non-parole period of two years, nine months, and will be eligible for parole at the end of 2021.
Last year, Abdul Kajani and Ethan Quadros (pictured) received suspended sentences after Quadros paid Dimachki a bribe for Kajani’s certificate