car clamp­ing boss faces fraud claim

Wo­man de­nies charge of fraud­u­lently ob­tain­ing money from a mo­torist

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

THE boss of a city clamp­ing firm has ap­peared in court ac­cused of fraud­u­lently ob­tain­ing money from a mo­torist.

Katie Plavecz (33), of Monks Drive, Eye, is al­leged to have taken £125 from a car owner to re­lease his ve­hi­cle her firm had clamped in a sec­tion of a car park in which it was not au­tho­rised to oper­ate.

She and her com­pany, PPC Clamp­ing, were charged with fraud, pos­sess­ing an ar­ti­cle for use in fraud and en­gag­ing in un­fair com­mer­cial prac­tice.

Plavecz, the sole di­rec­tor of the firm, pleaded not guilty at Peter­bor­ough Mag­is­trates’ Court yes­ter­day to all three al­le­ga­tions on be­half of her­self and the firm.

Colin Miles, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “The case has been bought fol­low­ing a com­plaint by Roger Stall­wood, a mo­torist who had gone to a car boot sale at Peter­bor­ough United on Fe­bru­ary 20.

“He went to the car park at the ground, but it was full, so he drove to an­other, and said he parked his red Mercedes in the Pro­ba­tion Ser­vice car park at 10am. He said he did not see any warn­ing signs for clamp­ing.

“He re­turned 30 min­utes later and found his car had been clamped and a no­tice telling him there was a £125 re­lease fee.

“He called the com­pany and a wo­man, the de­fen­dant, and the clam­per turned up.

“He also no­ticed a sign had been put up. The sign said PPC was af­fil­i­ated with the Bri­tish Park­ing Au­thor­ity (BPA) but it never had been.

“They have also never been li­censed to clamp in that sec­tion of the car park.

“He paid the money to get the car re­leased.

“The de­fence claim Mr Stall­wood parked in a dif­fer­ent sec­tion of the car park where the firm was able to clamp and when he dis­cov­ered what had hap­pened he drove to the other part of the car park.”

Plavecz, who rep­re­sented her­self in court, said: “We have never fraud­u­lently clamped any­one.

The sig­nage has been checked and the BPA ref­er­ence was taped over.”

The trial will take place on Fe­bru­ary 16 at Peter­bor­ough Mag­is­trates’ Court.

IN Court: Katie Plavecz.

Court: Katie Plavecz, who de­nied fraud at Peter­bor­ough Mag­is­trates’ Court.

SCENE: The car park area near the pro­ba­tion ser­vice.

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