Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on May 25 how Karl Wyatt, 30, of Ilkeston Road, Nottingham, was stopped by police as they saw him with a holdall visiting a property and talking to a householder.
Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “In the afternoon of May 4 police attended a local election at a church and they were standing outside a polling station and they saw Wyatt carrying a holdall.
“He approached a house and they heard him speaking to a householder.”
Mrs Allsop added that police asked Wyatt if he had been selling door-to-door and he said yes but he did not have a pedlar’s certificate with him.
Wyatt, who has previous convictions for operating without a pedlar’s certificate and for dishonesty, pleaded guilty to operating without a certificate after the latest offence on May 4.
The defendant told the court that he had qualified as a plasterer but he has been finding it hard to get work.
Magistrates fined Wyatt £66 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.