A single mum-of-five altered insurance documents using Photoshop to escape punishment for driving without insurance, a court heard.
Alison Cross, 42, narrowly escaped a jail sentence after police officers spotted the fake documents.
Cross, of The Mead, Freckleton, was stopped in Mariners Way, Ashton, Preston, after checks on her vehicle showed there was no valid insurance on it.
She was asked to produce her documents but on January 8 she handed officers at Kirkham police station a policy notice which had expired on August 2.
Cross was summonsed to the magistrates court where she produced a document which appeared to cover December 30.
She was ordered to hand it in to the police but when officers made checks with the insurance provider, First Central, it transpired the policy had been taken out on December 31 - the day after Cross had been stopped.
Cross was interviewed and admitted altering the document using Photoshop as she had nine points on her licence and any further penalties would lead to her being disqualified from driving.
She pleaded guilty to forgery and doing an act intending to pervert the course of justice, as well as driving without insurance. The court heard Cross was setting up a sandwich shop and was concerned about the impact of her offending on her business and her five children.
Judge Stuart Baker, sentencing, said; “When somebody produces a false document that is not something that can be taken lightly.”
He handed Cross a seven month sentence, suspended for two years and ordered her to do 200 hours of unpaid work.