A man carrying waste in his van pretended to be someone else when he was stopped by police and the Environment Agency.
Mathew Davies, aged 32, of Scott Gardens, Lincoln admitted one fraud offence and one of carrying scrap metal without being registered and was fined £400 by Lincoln Magistrates' Court today (Tue). He was also ordered to pay £3,540 costs.
Mr Simon Taylor, prosecuting for the Environment Agency, said Davies handed over a waste carrier registration card belonging to someone else when he was stopped in December last year. It had an expiry date in 2013 and he was allowed on his way.
Later investigation showed that he was not the person named on the card and the registration had been revoked in June.
Officers tracked Davies down and when questioned he told them that he'd used the card by mistake. Davies had been advised by letter in October 2010 that he needed to be registered to carry waste, he didn't think he needed to be.
The fee for registering for a three year period is £154.
In mitigation, Davies' solicitor told the court that Davies had shown the card in a moment of panic, that he was now registered and wouldn't do it again.
After the hearing an Environment Agency officer said:
"Waste crime puts the environment and human health at risk and undermines legitimate business. We did advise Davies to register and how to go about it but he failed to take notice and has paid the price."
Davies pleaded guilty to:
1. On 01 December 2011 you, being a person who was not a registered carrier of controlled waste, did in the course of your business or otherwise with a view to profit, transport controlled waste, namely scrap metal to City Scrap Ltd, Great Northern Terrace, Lincoln.
Contrary to Section 1(1) of the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989 FINED £200
2. On 01 December 2011 you dishonestly and intending thereby to make a gain for yourself or another made a representation which was and which you knew was or might be untrue or misleading, namely that you were the person named on a waste carrier registration card reference CBQP3472PG issued by the Environment Agency for a fee to James Pickering.
Contrary to section 1(1) and 2 of the Fraud Act 2006 FINED £200