Brooklyn, NY - New Scheme to Beat Parking Tickets Has Drivers Sharing Muni-Meter Receipts
Brooklyn, NY - Drivers in New York City have come up with a new scheme to try to avoid paying their parking tickets – collecting and sharing used Muni-Meter receipts.
The scam has motorists with outstanding parking violations rummaging through a box of receipts until they find one with a date and time corresponding to those on their tickets. In an effort to defraud the City, drivers then fraudulently allege that they did, in fact, purchase a Muni-Meter receipt, and submit the receipt as evidence to counter their parking summons. Receipts displaying remaining time are also among those being distributed.
The Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/THMn3E) that one such box of receipts was discovered at the Boro Park Lumber & Home Center at 4601 New Utrecht Avenue. But the store manager insisted the box, labeled “gemach” or “free loan”, was not an internal initiative. “Somebody outside the store did it. We are not involved in it,” he said.
One store employee said visitors come to the store regularly seeking receipts. “People come in here all the time to check it out,” he said.
A total of 9,012,854 parking tickets were issued in fiscal year 2012, bringing in $513 million in fines into City coffers. “No one can dispute the fact that our city is ticket-happy,” remarked Councilman James Vacca (D-Bronx) who chairs the Transportation Committee. “But fraudulently helping people fight tickets when they are actually guilty is over the top.”
The Departments of Finance and Transportation declined to comment.
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