A former White City resident has been fined £1,000 and ordered to pay more than £7,500 in costs after Hammersmith & Fulham Council caught her using a fraudulently obtained parking permit.
Rachael Becker, 36, admitted two counts of fraud and two counts of forgery and counterfeiting when she appeared at Isleworth Crown Court in September.
The court was told that Ms Becker, an associate director at pharmaceutical giants Johnson & Johnson, was arrested in February this year following an investigation by H&F fraud officers.
“We will always take the most robust action against those who try to use fraud to deceive the system,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services.
“This hefty sentencing should serve as a warning to anyone who thinks they can cheat the system to get an advantage over residents who pay their fair share to park in the borough.”
Ms Becker had obtained the permits from an address in Old Oak Common Lane to conceal her actual address, the court heard. This enabled her to use a parking space that was sufficiently close to her actual home, but could have been used by a genuine permit holder.
The court was told Ms Becker had provided false and altered documentation in her permit applications to H&F Council, implying her home address was in Old Oak Common Lane.
However, the court heard that Ms Becker changed her address records at Johnson & Johnson in October 2015, once she became aware of H&F’s fraud investigation, to try and cover her tracks.
The court was told that although the financial loss to H&F Council was low, the culpability in terms of the offences was high.
Ms Becker, now of Aspen Close, Ealing, was sentenced at the same court on 30 October 2016.
She was fined £250 per offence and ordered to pay court costs of £7,592.
If you suspect a case of fraud against H&F Council, report it by calling 020 8753 1273.