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Hi CAG, 

 

First of all just want to say thank you for your time and any advice. 
 

I was caught a week ago using a freedom pass of a family member which I have used a total of 38 occasions over a month. When the revenue officer asked me which card I had used I took out my debit card and then he asked me again, which I then showed the pass. I was polite in the interaction and had apologised. 
 

I really wish I had not used it and I was clearly really naive and did not have any idea it would cause this much stress.


In terms of mitigating circumstances, I work within healthcare and this would mean I lose my job, I have been under a lot of pressure from family since a serious sexual assault on a family member and my mental health has suffered. 
 

I have instructed a lawyer to respond to the initial letter and outline how it isn’t in public interest to prosecute and my mitigating circumstances. 
 

My question is, is there anything else I can do in the meantime?

Does anyone have the prosecutions team direct number?

Should I visit their head office to explain and grovel? 
 

Thank you in advance! 

 

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10 minutes ago, PDX said:

is there anything else I can do in the meantime?

 

dump the solicitor, wont help a bean and double or even treble the money this whole problem will eventually cost you.

 

10 minutes ago, PDX said:

I have instructed a lawyer to respond to the initial letter and outline how it isn’t in public interest to prosecute and my mitigating circumstances. 

 

it is very much the publics interest, these passes are paid for from the public purse..everyones paid taxes.

 

11 minutes ago, PDX said:

my mental health has suffered.

 

not an excuse for fraudulently using the pass for a whole month. much better to tell the truth about financial matters..the real reason?

 

12 minutes ago, PDX said:

Does anyone have the prosecutions team direct number?

Should I visit their head office to explain and grovel? 

 

no do not do either of those things.

 

dx

 

please don't hit Quote...just type we know what we said earlier..

DCA's view debtors as suckers, marks and mugs

NO DCA has ANY legal powers whatsoever on ANY debt no matter what it's Type

and they

are NOT and can NEVER  be BAILIFFS. even if a debt has been to court..

If everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's Tomorrow, their industry would collapse overnight... 

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The reality is all the pressure from family has led me to using this pass to be able to help them financially. 
 

So the advice is to Wait and see what happens after the first letter?

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Certainly await the letter yes. 

 

Paying for a solicitor blows any financial excuses out the water. Think about it! If you can afford a solicitor, whilst trying to defend this claim.. why couldn't you afford the fares in the 1st place only 1 month before. It might push them to prosecute you for fraud

 

 

please don't hit Quote...just type we know what we said earlier..

DCA's view debtors as suckers, marks and mugs

NO DCA has ANY legal powers whatsoever on ANY debt no matter what it's Type

and they

are NOT and can NEVER  be BAILIFFS. even if a debt has been to court..

If everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's Tomorrow, their industry would collapse overnight... 

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Dx, there's also the point that solicitors don't always understand how it works with Freedom Pass misuse and the client ends up paying for the lawyer's learning curve or worse, it doesn't work at all. 

 

HB

Illegitimi non carborundum

 

 

 

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never understand more like it.

 

dx

 

please don't hit Quote...just type we know what we said earlier..

DCA's view debtors as suckers, marks and mugs

NO DCA has ANY legal powers whatsoever on ANY debt no matter what it's Type

and they

are NOT and can NEVER  be BAILIFFS. even if a debt has been to court..

If everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's Tomorrow, their industry would collapse overnight... 

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  • 4 weeks later...

Hey all, 

 

I’m still awaiting a response - really driving me sick from all the worry. How long do they normally take to respond after receiving the letter? is there anything else I can do?

 

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please don't hit Quote...just type we know what we said earlier..

DCA's view debtors as suckers, marks and mugs

NO DCA has ANY legal powers whatsoever on ANY debt no matter what it's Type

and they

are NOT and can NEVER  be BAILIFFS. even if a debt has been to court..

If everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's Tomorrow, their industry would collapse overnight... 

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