A South Australian driving instructor and examiner 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, which he carried out over three months in mid-2017, and said he used the profits to help care for his special needs son.
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.
"(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.
Australian Associated Press