Driffield man admits blue badge misuse

Middle Street North, Driffield

A Driffield man has been given a conditional discharge after pleading guilty to one charge of using a blue badge with the intent to deceive.

Gary Sachs, 51, of Adelphi Street, Driffield appeared before Beverley Magistrates Court on Wednesday, 7 June following an investigation by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s fraud investigation team.

The court heard how on 24 February 2017, Sachs’ vehicle was spotted on Middle Street North in the town, parked on zig-zag lines and displaying blue badge, which following investigations, showed it was registered to his mother.

Sachs initially claimed his mother had been in the car and that he’d dropped her off at the doctors before picking a prescription up for her at a nearby pharmacy.

But when he was challenged by officers to produce the prescription he was unable to do so and admitted that he had used the blue badge on two other occasions when his mother had not been present, resulting in the temporary confiscation of the blue badge.

Sachs was interviewed under caution on 10 March 2017 where he stated that he had used his mother’s badge on at least four occasions without her being present.

Along with a conditional discharge, Sachs was given costs of £300 and £20 victim surcharge.

Andy Hardy, fraud investigation manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Blue badges are there to help those with a disability.

“While the vast majority of blue badge holders use their badges correctly, a small minority of individuals misuse them, which can leave valid badge holders unable to park close to their destination.

“The council has a zero tolerance approach to this and if anyone knows of someone who is abusing the system they should tell us about it.”

More information on benefit fraud can be found at www.eastriding.gov.uk and there are a number of ways benefit fraud can be reported.

People can email bfraud@eastriding.gov.uk telephone the 24-hour confidential hotline – (01482) 394949 or text 07786 200850.

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