Pensioner’s blue badge fraud

Pensioner’s blue badge fraud

A PENSIONER has been prosecuted for using his wife’s disabled parking pass fraudulently. 

Roland Ferenci, 69, pleaded guilty to having possession of a disabled blue badge which he used fraudulently on a number of occasions between October 12, 2015, and July 27, 2016.

Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard that Ferenci was brought in for a police interview under caution, where he was given full advice on the use of the badge after he was witnessed using it when his wife was not with him.

He was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, and must also comply with a rehabilitation requirement. He was also ordered to pay costs of £500 and a £115 victim surcharge.

The magistrates said they had given Ferenci, of Willow Walk, Liversedge, credit for his guilty plea.

Coun Graham Turner, Kirklees cabinet member for resources, said: “I am pleased with the outcome of this case. Mr Ferenci committed a very serious offence which costs local authorities all over England thousands of pounds.

“It is so serious that only a custodial sentence can be imposed.

“Those who misuse blue badges must be prosecuted to stop the system becoming discredited, which would have an adverse impact on those users who genuinely need help by having a blue badge.”

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