Fifty years younger! £1,000 fine for Blue Badge fraudster
16 October 2019
A fraudster using a stolen Blue Badge belonging to a man 50 years his senior was fined £1,113 at Willesden Magistrates Court last month. The prosecution follows enforcement action by Brent Council.
Mr Dzhelyal Mustafov, who is in his 20s and lives in Handsworth Road, Haringey, was caught parked up in Buckley Road while at work in a local restaurant in March of this year. He was using a stolen Blue Badge belonging to a disabled man in his 70s.
The Civil Enforcement Officer quickly realised that Mr Mustafov did not match the profile of the Badge holder. On discovering that the Badge had been reported stolen in August 2018, the defendant’s car was towed away. Mr Mustafov later pled guilty in court, and was sentenced on 17 September 2019.
Cllr Krupa Sheth, Lead Member for Environment, said: "This is the latest in a string of prosecutions and fines issued for Blue Badge fraud this year. We are sending a strong signal to anyone who abuses this system. It will not be tolerated in Brent. These Badges are a lifeline for those who genuinely need them to access their local community and it is totally wrong that fraudsters are taking advantage."
Drivers can be prosecuted for using a Blue Badge if:
- The Badge is used without the disabled holder being present
- The Badge has been stolen
- The Badge is forged or counterfeit
- Family or friends continue to use a Badge following the holder's death
For more information on the Blue Badge scheme, please visit: https://www.brent.gov.uk/bluebadge
To report Blue Badge misuse, please visit: https://www.brent.gov.uk/firmstep/forms/report-fraud/