|Judge Rules Dentist Must Face Fraud Charges|
Dr Chirag Patel faces the possibility of jail and being struck off if found guilty
In October last year we reported on the Putney dentist who used a blue badge to park his Ferrari despite the badge belonging to his father who had died 16 months earlier.
In December '09 Dr Patel was witnessed parking his £140,000 red ferrari california in Montserrat Road, just around the corner from his dental practice in Putney High Street. In October in court he pleaded guilty to misusing the badge but denied the more serious charge of having in his possession an item for use in connection with fraud - contrary to S.6 of the Fraud Act.
Last year a Wandsworth Council spokesman said:
"Abuse of the blue badge system is absolutely rife and it's crying out to be be reformed. Most of these unscrupulous drivers use an elderly or disabled relative's badge just to save a few pennies in parking charges - even though that means leaving their relatives languishing at home all day unable to get out. Using a dead person's badge when you're able to afford a Ferrari is particularly objectionable."
Dr Patel must return to South Western Magistrates’ Court on September 9th to face trial.
In response to growing levels of blue badge abuse, the council's permit fraud team have successfully prosecuted 360 drivers who have been convicted of just under 1,400 offences. These motorists have been ordered to pay the public purse more than £428,000 in fines and costs. Anyone with information about motorists misusing blue badges can contact the council's team of investigators by calling freephone number 0800 085 0866 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
June 15, 2011