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Blue badge fraudster convicted

A Harlow female has been successfully prosecuted and ordered to pay Court costs and a fine of £1298.77 after pleading guilty to misusing her father's Blue Badge in Bishops Stortford.

On 21st June 2017 at St Albans Magistrates Court Chelsea CLARK (26) of Tithlands, Harlow pleaded guilty to a charge under section 117 Road Traffic Regulation 1984 for falsely displaying a disabled persons Blue Badge.

The Court heard how Miss CLARK had, on the 12th January 2017 parked at Jackson`s Square Car Park, in a disabled bay displaying a Blue Badge belonging to her disabled father, when he was not with her. Miss CLARK was approached at the scene by officers from Hertfordshire Shared Anti-Fraud Service and later interviewed formally where she admitted using her father's badge on a regular basis from November 2016 whilst working nearby.

The Hertfordshire Shared Anti-Fraud Service and East Herts District Council Civil Enforcement Officers regularly carryout checks on Blue Badges to ensure that badges are not stolen, forged or being misused and that disabled bays are available to those entitled to use them.

Miss Clark pleaded guilty at the first opportunity for which she received credit from the bench and ordered to pay investigation and prosecution costs of £1298.77.

The Shared Anti-Fraud Service works in partnership with East Herts District Council to investigate and prosecute allegations of fraud against the many services delivered by the council.

You can report suspected fraud against East Herts District Council in the strictest confidence. For more information, and to report your concerns, visit: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/spotfraud, email fraud.team@hertscc.gcsx.gov.uk or call 0300 123 4033.