car clamping boss faces fraud claim
Woman denies charge of fraudulently obtaining money from a motorist
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.