Heather Ffrench, 52, of Sparrows Herne, Basildon, and Anthony Olomofe, 46, of Curling Tye, Basildon, both worked for Southend Council between 2009 and 2016, when up to 38 alleged frauds were carried out.
Basildon Crown Court heard Ffrench, who worked in the parking department as a parking notice officer, faces the bulk of the charges. She denies 30 counts of fraud by abuse of position. Olomofe, who was employed in the council’s IT department, denies four counts of fraud by abuse of position and four counts of fraud by false representation.Not any more, he doesn't.
Ffrench is accused of fraudulently issuing 13 permits, including at least one to herself and one to Olomufe. The permits had a combined value of £11,880. She is also alleged to have cancelled a ticket for Olomofe, who had a habit of racking up parking fines.
Mr Gurjoy said: “He had been issued work parking permits so that he could exercise his duties. However, there are certain restrictions on even those permits and he was not allowed to park in certain areas. He used his parking permit to park in areas he should not be parked in and received parking tickets.
“Some he challenged through the formal channels, some he paid, some were cancelled by Miss Ffrench without going through the proper channels.”Seriously, no-one thought it might not be a good idea to have the guy who racks up parking fines shacked up with the girl who issues them?