Former Watford resident prosecuted for permit fraud

A former resident of Watford has been ordered to pay £740 for submitting a fraudulent residency car parking permit application for an address in Whippendell Road, whilst living at another address.

Published: Monday, 20th August 2018

In 2016 and 2017, Mr Haseeb Mian made applications for a residency parking permit that were both fraudulent, using a false Rental Agreement and car insurance schedule from his insurance company showing the address as Whippendell Road, Watford. There was also already a parking permit allocated to that address.

Watford Borough Council fraud investigators made checks with the landlord of the property and it was established that Mr Mian had moved out of the property some two years ago and is now based in Houghton Regis, Luton. Mr Mian received a financial penalty of £195 per offence (£390), plus costs of £350.  He pleaded guilty to two charges under the Fraud Act 2006 at St Albans Magistrates Court.

Peter Taylor, Elected Mayor of Watford, said “Our Fraud team has a long established partnership with the Police. These joint operations have resulted in a number of successful prosecutions. We are committed to protecting the rights of genuine permit holders”.

In order for a resident to obtain a resident parking permit from the council, the applicant must live at the property and has to complete an application and provide proof of residency and proof of vehicle ownership.

If you suspect that a motorist is fraudulently using a permit, please report this to the Fraud team by emailing fraud@watford.gov.uk  01923 278890.

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