A Cheshunt fraudster has been fined for using her son’s disabled badge in order to park her car at a leisure centre.
Jade Penny, 27, of Cavell Road, was found to be falsely displaying a blue badge that did not belong to her when she parked in a bay outside The Laura Trott Leisure Centre on February 7.
A vehicle was seen parked in a disabled bay at around 11.30am and Penny, the driver of the car, failed to stop when requested.
Penny, was found guilty in her absence at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court on Friday (September 22) of using her son’s badge, when he was not with her.
She was ordered in total to pay £1,437.66 in charges brought about by Broxbourne Council under the Road Traffic Act 1984.
The total sum includes a fine of £120, a victim surcharge of £30 and the full court costs of £1,287.66.
The court heard that officers from the Shared Anti-Fraud Service were working in partnership with Broxbourne Council to clamp down on the misuse of blue disabled badges by conducting checks in and around Cheshunt.
Councillor Tim Hutchings, cabinet member for public and environmental protection, 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.”