A council worker stole a dead person's blue disabled driver badge before using it to park for free.Which is pretty low when you think about it…
Choudhury Mohammed Shahran used his position in the council's customer services department at the ‘black box’ to steal the disabled parking permit when it was returned after the owner died.
He was caught out after the council received an anonymous tip-off in November 2008 and launched an investigation.An anonymous tip-off, eh..?
This week he pleaded guilty to possession of a disabled permit in connection with fraud and fraud by way of false representation at Rochdale Magistrates Court.I’d prefer horsewhipping, but I suppose this is the best we can hope for in 2009.
He was given 240 hours community service and ordered to pay £400 costs.
He resigned from the council in January and is now thought to be working in an Indian restaurant while training to be a driving instructor.A pity he was allowed to resign. But probably cheaper and less hassle than sacking him.
But who was the mysterious anonymous caller?
Speaking after the court case he said: "I had used my father-in-law's badge to get out of a parking ticket .Oh. I think I can see the punch line coming…
"I took my wife's advice at the time and she said it was OK, don't worry about it. "
"After our marriage broke down she reported it. "Well, at least she didn’t set about you with a gold club!
Some might say you got off lightly there….