£1,500 penalty for fleeing Blue Badge fraudster

28 August 2019

A fine-dodging fraudster who refused to turn up to legal proceedings on 5 separate occasions has been ordered to pay nearly £1,500 in penalties for using a counterfeit Disabled Blue Badge, which she falsely claimed belonged to ‘her mother’.

Ms Rhonda Rose had ignored numerous parking notices and tried to flee when confronted in Wembley in November 2018. She was thwarted by council and police officers who stopped her and took away her car keys.

Brent Council prosecuted Ms Rose in her absence at Willesden Magistrates Court on 30th July 2019 where she was fined £660, with costs of £726 as well as a victim surcharge of £66.

Cllr Krupa Sheth, Lead Member for Environment, said: “Fraudsters like Ms Rose try to abuse a system that helps disabled people who genuinely need accessible parking. I hope this makes anyone thinking of wrongfully using a Blue Badge think twice.”