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2 Apr 2013

More disabled blue badge fraud in Manchester

A company boss earning almost £90,000-a-year was caught using her mother’s disabled badge to park for free – so she could go shopping at a luxury department store. (h/t Dave)

Michele Ormonde, 57, was seen flouting the parking rules in her Ford Focus on Southgate, behind House of Fraser in Manchester city centre.

When challenged by a council warden, Ormonde claimed she was waiting for her sick, wheelchair-bound mother who was nearby.

But after a few minutes she admitted she had lied, and revealed she was Christmas shopping in the store while her mum was at home in Salford.

Ormonde, who now lives in a £1.2m house on Sherwood Road in Hendon, north London, said it was not the first time she had used her mum’s blue badge disabled permit. She did not attend court, but wrote to Manchester magistrates’ court to admit misusing a blue disabled badge. The case was found proven in her absence.

Ormonde was caught by a parking officer at 10.15am on December 5, last year.

Laura Raine, prosecuting for Manchester council, said:
The defendant was observed returning to a Ford Focus.

There was a disabled badge on the dashboard.

She confirmed she had parked the car, and it was her mother’s badge, and her mother was waiting at the front of House of Fraser.
When the council enforcement officer said he would wait for Ormonde’s mother to arrive, the defendant came clean.

Miss Raine added: “The female said she had lied and her mother wasn’t with her at all. She said she had parked 45 minutes earlier, and her mother was at home in Salford.”

The court heard that Ormonde was a company director based in London, earning £89,000 a year.

She visited Salford every three weeks to care for her disabled mother, and had gone to House of Fraser to collect some Christmas presents, it was said. Ormonde was fined £250 and ordered to pay £217 costs.

A fleabite for her. She got off lightly.

2 comments:

3Mitch said...

This is abuse of the blue badge system not benefit fraud per se (you don't have to be on benefits to have a blue badge).

Stellar conflation of two different issues, though; well done!

John Page said...

My thought was that it's a (deserved) state subsidy to the disabled. But thanks for your comment!