Portsmouth parking permit fraudster jailed

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A FRAUDSTER who forged a residents parking permit has been given 16 weeks in jail.

Mark Rouse, 48, of Wilton Terrace, Southsea was given a temporary parking permit in August 2012 by Portsmouth City Council when he moved into the street.

Forging a pass is an attempt to cheat the system and claim a parking space that isn’t yours. I hope the sentence will deter other potential fraudsters.

Cllr Ken Ellcome, the council’s cabinet member for traffic and transportation

When this ran out he did not qualify for a permanent permit because the car he drove was not registered in his name.

Rather than buy visitor permits to allow him to continue to park, he faked a permanent permit on a computer, using the expired temporary one.

But the phoney permit was spotted on the car by a parking officer on patrol in July 2014.

Confronted at his home by a council investigator, he admitted using the counterfeit permit for up to six months.

At Portsmouth Magistrates Court on June 10, Rouse pleaded guilty to one offence of intending to deceive under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and one count of making an article indeed for the use in fraud under the Fraud Act 2006.

Cllr Ken Ellcome, the council’s cabinet member for traffic and transportation, said: ‘Residents of many streets in Portsmouth value their permits because they mean it’s possible to park near their homes.

‘Forging a pass is an attempt to cheat the system and claim a parking space that isn’t yours – stopping other people using it.

‘I hope the sentence will deter other potential fraudsters.’