Dr. Chirag Patel
Millionaire dentist fined after using dead man's disabled badge on his Ferrari
Fraud charges have been dropped against a millionaire dentist who used a dead person’s disabled badge on his Ferrari.Must have been a slow day for Scotland Yard, eh?
Dr Chirag Patel, 33, had earlier admitted two charges of unlawful use of the blue badge on December 8 and 9, 2009, outside the Putney branch of his Perfect Smile cosmetic dentists practice.
But on the morning of his trial for fraud at South West London Magistrates’ Court today, Wandsworth Borough Council dropped the fraud charges, which could have led to a sentence of five years in prison.
Dr Patel, who lives in a £2m house in Coombe Lane West, Kingston, had always denied he was committing fraud when he used the badge, and unsuccessfully tried to get the case against him thrown out at an earlier hearing.
Announcing the decision today, prosecutor Paul Jarvis said: "That decision has nothing whatsoever to do with the council’s assessment of the strength of the evidence against Dr Patel and nor has it been influenced by the defendant’s wealth and status."
He said: "Dr Patel has already pleaded guilty to two offences of misusing a blue badge. He will have to live with the consequences of his actions and no doubt if he had his time again he would have done things differently."
The court heard angry patients of Dr Patel had sent him "disparaging" and "vilifying" emails describing him as a skinflint and a miser.
Good grief.....the guy is cheap.
Fine him and make him do some charity work.... end of story.