Blue Badge fraudster convicted
Published: 17 Jan 2018
A Luton man has been successfully prosecuted for misusing his disabled six-year-old nephew’s blue badge following an investigation by the Hertfordshire Shared Anti-Fraud Service.
On 12th January 2018 Ishraz Iqbal, 36, of Montrose Avenue, Luton, pleaded guilty to a charge under a section of the Road Traffic Act at Stevenage Magistrates Court.
The court heard how Mr Iqbal had parked at The Quadrant in Stevenage on the 14th June 2017, which required payment for parking. He displayed a blue badge belonging to his disabled nephew, who was not with him. This misuse was identified by officers from the Hertfordshire Shared Anti-Fraud Service and Stevenage Borough Council’s Parking Enforcement Service.
The matter was then investigated by the Hertfordshire Shared Anti-Fraud Service, which works in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council to investigate and prosecute allegations of fraud against the many services delivered by the council.
Mr Iqbal, pleaded guilty at the first opportunity for which he received credit from the bench. He received a £280 fine for the offence and was ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1,115.57.
David Williams, Cabinet Member for Resources and Leader of Hertfordshire County Council, said: “We are wholeheartedly committed to fighting fraud at Hertfordshire County Council and I would like to thank the hard-working officers who dealt with this case.
“While this type of fraud is often thought of as victimless, abuse of this scheme is extremely unfair on genuine badge holders. The blue badge is for the sole use of the person named on it and must only be displayed if the badge holder is travelling in the vehicle as a driver or passenger or if someone is collecting them or dropping them off. We will continue to work with the Hertfordshire Shared Anti-Fraud Service on behalf of all genuine blue badge holders.”
You can report suspected fraud in the strictest confidence. For more information, and to report your concerns, visit: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/spotfraud, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0300 123 4033.