A man who illegally used his deceased father’s Blue Badge to get free parking has been prosecuted by Plymouth City Council’s Corporate Fraud Team.
Richard Rhodes from Crowthers Hill, Dartmouth pleaded guilty to using his late father’s Blue Badge to park in Lockyer Street on 28 September 2015 (his father died in March 2015). He was fined £80 and ordered to pay £450 as a contribution towards the Council’s legal costs and a victim surcharge of £20.
Councillor Ian Darcy, Cabinet Member for Finance for Plymouth City Council, said: “This follows two other Blue Badge cases last week and it is the latest in a number of successful prosecutions for the Corporate Fraud Team. We are committed to tackling Blue Badge fraud and this sends a clear message that it will not be tolerated in Plymouth. Blue Badge prosecutions in Plymouth are estimated to have saved around £114,000 in Plymouth. This included four Blue Badge prosecutions, 53 cautions, and raising 272 Blue Badge incident reports.”
The Corporate Fraud Team operate as South West Anti-Fraud Service and cover the whole region. They have already had a number of successes for other local authorities across Devon as well as Plymouth City Council.
More information about the South West Anti-Fraud Service is available here
To report a Blue Badge Fraud contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Fraud Hotline on 01752 304450.