Blue badge fraudster hit with unprecedented £2,000 fine
12 April 2019
A Harlesden resident has been hit with an unprecedented fine of over £2,000 for repeated Blue Badge fraud following action by Brent Council.
Enforcement officers caught Mr Oskar Roschke, of Rucklidge Avenue, Harlesden, displaying a counterfeit Blue Badge in his car and impounded the vehicle during a targeted operation in September 2018. Further investigation by the Council's counter-fraud team showed Mr Roschke had in fact been using four different counterfeit Blue Badges.
Brent Council pursued a prosecution and this week (9 April) Mr Roschke pleaded guilty and was convicted of Blue Badge fraud at Willesden Magistrates' Court. He was fined £1,250 and ordered to pay costs of £750, as well as a Victim Surcharge of £75.
In sentencing Mr Roschke, the Chair said: "you committed blatant and repeated abuses when you knew you could not use the Badges. There is a reason why disabled people are given those Badges, and you are not one of those. Your actions have impacted on those who are duly entitled."
Cllr Krupa Sheth, Lead Member for Environment, said: "We will not tolerate Blue Badge fraudsters who are depriving genuinely disabled motorists of the parking spaces they need. I hope others will heed the example made of Mr Roschke and think twice before trying to take advantage of the system."