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 â€“ 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 â€śgemachâ€ť or â€śfree loanâ€ť, was not an internal initiative. â€śSomebody outside the store did it. We are not involved in it,â€ť he said.
One store employee said visitors come to the store regularly seeking receipts. â€śPeople come in here all the time to check it out,â€ť 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. â€śNo one can dispute the fact that our city is ticket-happy,â€ť remarked Councilman James Vacca (D-Bronx) who chairs the Transportation Committee. â€śBut fraudulently helping people fight tickets when they are actually guilty is over the top.â€ť
The Departments of Finance and Transportation declined to comment.
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