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Blue Badge fraudster to pay over £550

Manchester – A woman who tried to fraudulently use a Blue Badge to avoid paying to park in Manchester’s city centre has been ordered to pay over £550.

Shammsa Sharif pleaded guilty to the offence of Blue Badge abuse at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 9 September 2015.

Sharif, 33, of Everard Street, Huddersfield, was fined £235 with £301 costs and a £23 victim of crime surcharge.

On Monday 16th March 2015 city council officers spotted Sharif’s silver BMW parked on George Street, in the city centre, with a disabled badge displayed on the dashboard.

Checks made by officers to question the validity of the Blue Badge displayed by Sharif confirmed the badge had expired in January 2015 but had been doctored to show an expiry date of April 2015.

Under caution Sharif admitted to altering both the expiry date and serial number on the badge so she could park for free, conveniently close to her work.

Sharif also admitted to previous use of the altered badge.

Councillor Kate Chappell, Manchester City Council’s executive member for environment said: “Blue Badge abusers know exactly what they are doing and show a total disregard to genuine badge holders.

Our officers are determined to stamp out these selfish crimes. Let this prosecution be a warning that anyone caught trying to get away with Blue Badge offences in Manchester will find themselves in court.”

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