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Blue Badge Fraud

Local Woman given Criminal Conviction Following Blue Badge Fraud

 

Teresa Sacco of Grafton Road, Bedford, pleaded guilty to two counts of Fraud in relation to having possession of a Blue Badge which did not belong to her and for using this Blue Badge fraudulently.  

 

Following a referral alleging that the woman was regularly misusing a Blue Badge, the Council’s officers conducted enquiries.

 

A Council officer visited Mrs Sacco’s mother’s address while others attended the vehicle parked in Byron Crescent Bedford. It was successfully identified that, on this occasion, Mrs Sacco’s mother was at home and when challenged Mrs Sacco admitted that she had used the blue badge without her mother present.

 

In a hearing at Bedford Magistrates Court on 27th July, Mrs Sacco pleaded guilty to two counts under the Fraud Act and was issued with a twelve month Conditional Discharge and ordered to pay a total of £115 by way of court costs and a victim surcharge.

Deputy Mayor and Portfolio Holder for Environment Councillor Charles Royden said: "Those that misuse the Blue Badge Scheme deprive genuinely disabled residents of vital parking spaces and access to facilities. Blue Badge Fraud will not be tolerated and those found to be abusing the scheme will face criminal proceedings."

 

You can report Tenancy Fraud, Council Tax and Blue Badge Fraud to the council:

 

•           By calling Freephone number 0800 917 8491

•           By visiting the Council’s Customer Care centre in Horne Lane

•           By filling in a form online at http://www.bedford.gov.uk/

•           Or download our Bedford Fraud App.

 

Download the Bedford Fraud App

Please click on either of the following links to download.

Alternatively search your app store for “Bedford Fraud Reporter”.

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