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Lloyds TSB Stanmore's bank manager fined for buying and displaying stolen disabled parking badge
A bank manager who displayed a stolen disabled badge to park outside her Stanmore workplace has been fined.
Kulvinder Dhindsa, who lives in Beaconsfield, bought the badge from a friend's acquaintance and used it to park her BMW directly outside Lloyds TSB, in The Broadway.
She pleaded guilty to one count of fraud, was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £1,499 at Willesden Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
The 41-year-old initially insisted the badge belonged to her, before admitting she had met someone called Jay at a garage in Slough and paid £150 for it.
She used it for six weeks, before an anonymous tip off lead Harrow Council’s anti-fraud team to start an investigation. The badge had been reported as stolen in 2006 and had originally been issued by Waltham Forest Council.
Councillor Graham Henson, Harrow Council portfolio holder for performance, customer services and corporate services, said motorists who fraudulently use badges are an “utter disgrace”.
“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.”