A COUNCIL worker stole a dead person's blue disabled driver badge before using it to park for free.
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.
The 29-year-old, from Rugby Road, Heybrook, was also caught using a blue badge belonging to his father-in-law.
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.
He was given 240 hours community service and ordered to pay £400 costs.
Shahran, known to his friends as Shahran Chowdhury is believed to be the brother of Salman Shah, a famous Bangladeshi movie star, who died in 1996.
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.
Speaking after the court case he said: "I had used my father-in-law's badge to get out of a parking ticket .
"I took my wife's advice at the time and she said it was OK, don't worry about it.
"I was given a fine and a community order. I did not have any intention of parking in a disabled space.
"After our marriage broke down she reported it.
"It was not acceptable at all that I used my father-in-law's badge and I accept that.
"It's a family matter, this happened because of a marriage break down."
The council have now introduced new measures to prevent similar incidents occurring.
Councillor Liz Thirsk, Cabinet member for townships and corporate management, said: "We take fraud very seriously.
"What this man did is inexcusable and I am ashamed that someone who worked for us could do such a thing.
"I apologise to the family of the deceased blue badge holder who had to go through the ordeal of being told that their relative's identity was being used fraudulently.
"We actively encourage our own staff to speak out if they know about colleagues committing fraud and will be using this case as an example of why that is so important.
"Local residents can also be assured that we will fully investigate any allegations against our employees and proceed with criminal charges where appropriate."
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