By Carl Jackson Monday 09 September 2013 Updated: 10/09 15:02
A WOMAN has criticised the court service after thinking she had only been compensated £3.93 after being wrongly clamped and charged £300 six years ago.
Carole Allen from Bromsgrove, was one of hundreds of people illegally targeted by Redditch-based company Midland Parking Contracts (MPC) between January 2006 and September 2009.
In February last year, five members from the firm including the owner were found guilty of conspiracy to defraud and jailed.
It emerged during the trial at Worcester Crown Court there had been around 1,500 reported incidents.
Victims including Ms Allen were reassured they would be reimbursed.
However, the 73-year-old from Perryfields Road received a cheque for £3.93 from Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Service with no explanation of what it was for.
"I couldn't think of anything else it would have been for. I just thought it was an absolute insult to the victims," she said.
"I've waited six years for this. I thought it was just a joke."
Ms Allen was charged in 2007 after parking at the back of Bromsgrove High Street for less than ten minutes but failing to see an MPC sign outlining restrictions which she said was on top of a wall and out of sight.
After receiving the cheque she rang up Victoria Law Courts in Birmingham where it emerged there had been a misunderstanding.
Ms Allen was told the court had been inundated with calls about the same issue, and was reassured all victims were due to be paid in full by November this year.
She was told because compensation was due to so many people smaller amounts were sent out initially as a test.
A spokeswoman from the Ministry of Justice said it was not standard policy to include complimentary slips with cheques due to the large volumes sent out on a regular basis.
However, she added, the cheques had a case and reference number to inform recipients what they were for.
Ms Allen added: "I had no letter or anything.
"You would have thought they would have put something in to let people know what they were for.
"A lot of people would have been effected by this and unless they rang up the court they wouldn't know whats going on."
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