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Paralegal altered parking ticket with Tipp-Ex in attempt to save £9

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Malikah Richards’ flashy white Mercedes-Benz towed away

A paralegal has been caught using Tipp-Ex to alter a parking ticket in a bid to save £9.

Malikah Richards, a paralegal at Churchers Solicitors, tried to get away with paying just £1.80 for a day’s parking in Southsea, Portsmouth in October last year. The usual day rate to park in the pay and display bay costs £10.80.

The 25-year-old, who was visiting her boyfriend at the time, failed to dupe the authorities, however, as Portsmouth City Council parking officers discovered the fraudulent ticket while carrying out routine patrols. Upon inspection they spotted signs of Tipp-Ex use: the young paralegal had whited out the ‘1’ and replaced it with ’10’ using a black pen in an attempt to make it look as if she had paid the correct amount. The fare-dodging paralegal’s ploy backfired and a parking charge notice was issued.

Richards’ car, a white Mercedes-Benz C Class, was impounded by authorities after the fine was not paid last month. The legal worker had amassed over £2,000 in parking fines since March 2018 after being issued with 27 notices.

Richards was arrested following her failure to pay up. She told officers she “only had enough money to pay for an hour” before confessing: “I put Tipp-Ex and pen on the ticket to make out I’d paid for the whole day. I knew why my vehicle had been taken away.”

Richards, who was unemployed at the time, admitted two charges of fraud for tampering with the ticket and then using it. Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court ordered her to pay a £440 fine, costs of £300 and a £40 surcharge.

Her Merc was eventually reclaimed by the finance company used to purchase the car, as Richards also had outstanding payments to make for the vehicle.

Kevin McKee, parking team manager at Portsmouth City Council, told The Portsmouth News:

“I couldn’t believe that someone thought they could get away with altering a pay and display parking ticket with Tipp-Ex to avoid paying for parking… We’ll continue to seek out people who commit fraud and prosecute them.”

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31 Comments

Anonymous

Career over.

Was it worth it?

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Anonymous

Some people don’t learn, we see one of these type of events every couple of months or so. What a way to end a career before it even begins.

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Little Miss Shitty Knickers

Oopsie!

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Anonymous

What career?

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Anonymous

The article only says that she has had low level criminal action at the Magistrates consisting of fines……… No further criminal action for fraud (presumably no police appetite or CPS appetite for this) and no censure from regulatory bodies such as the Law Society / BSB / SRA. No findings or rulings against her from any regulator.

So her career is NOT over

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Anonymous

Google her name. Any employer who does will see this story and steer clear of her.

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Anon lawyer

A month later this will blow over. People have done worse. Hope she goes on to have a successful career and doesn’t let this hold her back

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Anonymous

“People have done worse” is such a poor rationale for not holding people accountable because there is always an act that is more extreme that you can use to self-justify your actions – “at least it was not murder – and even if it was, it wasnt pre-meditated”….. it can go on and on like that……….

Fact is – what she had done was was dishonest. Tough lesson. Interesting to see if any of the regulatory bodies pay attention to this, because there have been analogous cases with comparable facts before where they have taken action.

Archibald Pomp O'City

She’s already been held accountable, you self-righteous fucktard.

Anonymous

She won’t get through the suitability test as it’s a Court order in relation to fraud. Immediate rejection.

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Anonymous

Ending your career for less than a tenner. Awful decision making on her part. I am no fan of dishonesty offences but I could understand someone going out for a million quid. Less than a tenner is embarrassing.

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CP

I agree!

Less than a Tena and it can get embarrassing!

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Anonymous

Shanter

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Anonymous

The fact she is (was) a paralegal with a white Mercedes on finance tells you pretty much all you need to know about the soundness of her financial decision making.

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Anonymous

As a paralegal I can barely afford a white shirt, let alone a white Mercedes.

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Irwin Mitchell NQ

You can afford a white shirt? Show off.

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CMS battery farm

Do not show off.

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Anonymous

Considering that she was travelling with Tipp-Ex in her car, this may not be the first time.

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Anonymous

Though, after looking at the photo of her Car Ticket, she seemed to do a really bad job there. Could be first time. Though does not excuse her anyway – a crime is crime.

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Magic Circle Trainee

I’m looking to qualify and move to Churchers’ asset finance team. Does anyone know if they pay Top US NQ rates?

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Anonymous

This is no longer funny (please do not respond by Greenberg Glusker LLP joke).

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JDP

*Googles name*

She would be a great fit as my next trainee.

(2)(9)

Meme Police

This is an inappropriate use of the JDP meme.

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Anonymous

Paralegal has a Mercedes? Wut

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Anonymous

Bank of mommy and daddy

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Anonymous

“Her Merc was eventually reclaimed by the finance company used to purchase the car, as Richards also had outstanding payments to make for the vehicle.”

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Anonymous

Even on finance, it’s an impressive feat if mummy and daddy didn’t pay. Paralegals are basically white-collar chimney-sweeps.

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Anonymous

Mummy and Daddy obviously didn’t pay, otherwise it wouldn’t have been repossessed.

Dum Fuk

“The legal worker had amassed over £2,000 in parking fines since March 2018 after being issued with 27 notices.”

lmaoooooooo

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Anonymous

Tipp-Ex that off your record

(6)(0)

Anonymous

Tip top tipp ex Titan.

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