Barkingside man, 24, fined for using blue badge of dead person
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A 24-year-old motorist caught using a disabled parking badge belonging to a person who died three years ago – has been fined by magistrates.
Ayeman Manwa, of Hatley Avenue, Barkingside, admitted fraud by false representation at Willesden Magistrates Court, in north west London.
He was charged following an investigation by Barnet Council’s Corporate Anti-Fraud Team (CAFT), who found his blue badge belonged to someone who had died three years earlier.
The court heard how council spot checks carried out in Hendon, north London, in March found Manwa’s car to be parked while displaying a blue badge.
Details of the car and badge were passed to CAFT investigators to be checked against a national database.
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The badge was found to have been issued by Warrington Borough Council, in north west England, and the owner had passed away.
When the car was spotted a second time, the council issued a parking fine which Manwa attempted to appeal arguing he had parked with a valid disabled parking badge.
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The 24-year-old was later interviewed under caution by CAFT investigators and admitted using the badge which he said he had been given by someone.
Magistrates ordered him to pay a £120 fine, £200 towards Barnet Council’s costs and a victim surcharge of £20 on October 27.