Burgess Hill business man dodged fines with fraudulent car registrations

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A company director who flouted fines by parking with fraudulent registration plates has been handed a bill of nearly £8,000, said Sussex Police.

Julian King, 43, of Withdean Road, Brighton, appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on July 27, charged with three offences of fraudulently using a vehicle registration mark and one of possessing an article in connection with fraud.

He is listed as being employed by several companies at 20 Victoria Way, Burgess Hill, according to Company Direct Check.

He was found guilty of defrauding Brighton and Hove City Council by parking numerous vehicles around the city in resident permit bays, loading bays and on double yellow lines dishonestly, knowing that the plates displayed could not be traced back to him.

The court heard that he also evaded detection by concealing the tax disc in the vehicle on each occasion to prevent authorities establishing the correct owner’s details.

Police said the offences involved several high value vehicles, including a Porsche, Bentley, Range Rover, Mercedes, Audi and BMWs.

King was found guilty of using the vehicles to commit the offences on at least 45 occasions over a period of about five years.

He was fined £3870 and costs of £2000, compensation was ordered to Brighton City Council of £2000 and there was a victim surcharge imposed of £120.

A number of licence plates owned by King have been revoked by the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Agency.

PC Mark Bassett said: “While the offences in this case did stretch back over a number of years, when they came to light we were able to find the evidence we needed to bring about this successful prosecution.

“This wasn’t a case of someone trying to get away with a quick stop somewhere they shouldn’t or spending a little too long shopping. This was calculated fraud, pure and simple, and it has been rightfully punished.”

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