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Q: Is it fraud if you knowingly drive a car that is untaxed, in a different keepers name and getting parking charges?

Is it fraud if you knowingly drive a car that is untaxed, in a different keepers name whilst getting parking charges that you know about and not paying them, and told the named keeper of the vehicle under false pretences he would scrap said vehicle.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Knowingly driving an untaxed vehicle registered under a different keeper's name and ignoring parking charges can potentially constitute fraudulent behavior. By using the vehicle without proper taxation and accruing parking charges without intending to pay them, you may be engaging in actions that violate laws and regulations governing vehicle ownership and parking infractions. Additionally, falsely informing the named keeper of the vehicle about scrapping it under false pretenses could further exacerbate the situation and potentially lead to legal consequences.

It's important to understand that fraudulent activities, such as driving an untaxed vehicle and evading parking charges, can have serious legal repercussions, including fines, penalties, and potential criminal charges. Ignoring parking charges and misleading the named keeper of the vehicle can result in financial liabilities and legal liabilities. Seeking legal advice from an attorney who specializes in matters related to vehicle ownership, taxation, and fraud can provide guidance on how to address the situation and mitigate any potential legal consequences you may face.

To rectify the situation, it's crucial to take proactive steps to address any outstanding parking charges, rectify the vehicle's taxation status, and ensure proper ownership documentation. This may involve contacting the relevant authorities to settle parking charges, updating vehicle registration information, and addressing any discrepancies related to the vehicle's ownership. By addressing these issues promptly and transparently, you can mitigate the risk of further legal complications and demonstrate a commitment to resolving any potential wrongdoing.

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