Woman prosecuted for Blue Badge fraud

A woman who fraudulently used a Blue Badge to park in a disabled bay outside The Laura Trott Leisure Centre has received a criminal record.
Jade Penny, aged 27, of Cavell Road, Cheshunt, was fined and ordered to pay £1,437.66 at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court on 22 September 2017.
Charges were brought by Broxbourne Council for falsely displaying a Blue Badge that didn’t belong to her, an offence under section 117 of the Road Traffic Act 1984.
The court heard that on 7 February this year officers from Broxbourne Council and the Shared Anti-Fraud Service were conducting checks of Disabled Blue Badges in and around Cheshunt.
At 11.30am at The Laura Trott Leisure Centre, a vehicle was seen parked in a disabled bay displaying a Blue Badge. The driver of the vehicle, Ms Penny, failed to stop when requested.
Ms Penny, who failed to attend Court on summons, was found guilty in her absence for using her son’s Blue Badge, when he was not with her. She received a fine of £120, was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and ordered to pay the full court costs of £1,287.66.
Cabinet Member for Public and Environmental Protection, Councillor Tim Hutchings, said: “Blue Badges are issued to benefit those who are less mobile and to use it inappropriately makes life more difficult for those people. Our officers take enforcement of this important service very seriously.”
The Shared Anti-Fraud Service works in partnership with Broxbourne Borough Council to investigate and prosecute allegations of fraud against the many services delivered by the council. 
Members of the public can report suspected fraud against Broxbourne Borough Council in the strictest confidence. For more information, and to report your concerns, visit: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/spotfraud, email fraud.team@hertscc.gcsx.gov.uk or call 0300 123 4033.