Jul 11 2012 by Ian Proctor, Harrow Observer
A BANK manager has been fined for using a stolen blue badge to park her car in a disabled parking bay opposite her branch.
Kulvinder Dhindsa, 41, who worked at Lloyds TSB, in Stanmore Hill, Stanmore, admitted one count of fraud at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on June 13 and was sentenced there on July 3.
The court heard she told anti-fraud team investigators at Harrow Council she met ‘a friend of a friend’ called ‘Jay’ at a garage in Slough, Berkshire, and bought the blue badge – originally issued by Waltham Forest Council and reported stolen in 2006 – from him for £150.
Dhindsa, of Holtspur Top Lane, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, said she had used the badge for six weeks. Magistrates fined her £1,000 and ordered her to pay £1,499 costs.
Harrow Council’s portfolio Holder for performance, customer services and corporate services, Councillor Graham Henson, said: “Motorists who fraudulently use blue badges to get some free parking are an utter disgrace and this prosecution sends a clear message that such a criminal offence will not be tolerated in Harrow.
“People like Dhindsa prevent genuine blue badge holders, such as elderly and disabled people, from using parking bays earmarked for their use.”