Using fake NYC Placards to park illegally is risky business
Joe reached the pinnacle of his profession and was a master of his universe. Last year (with bonuses) he earned in excess of 20 million dollars. Joe wanted to reward his accomplishments by purchasing a brand, spanking new Bentley. But, didn’t want to park it just anywhere on the mean streets of New York City. He’s entitled to this small PERK, right?
The Master of his universe did some investigation and decided his best solution was to purchase a fake NYC Placard that permitted him to park in the safest on-street parking spaces in NYC. And, it was only $2500 (a real bargain).
He parked for three months and was thrilled about the early returns on his $2500 investment until one morning about 4 am. There was a shockingly loud bang on his door and the next thing he knew, a bunch of police officers were standing by his bedside reading Joe his rights.
You can read about Joe in the DNA info article, “Dozens Charged With Using Forged Placards to Park Illegally”
Was using a fake NYC Placard worth the risk?
Here’s how the DNA info article opened:
Thirty people were charged Tuesday with using forged placards to park their luxury cars in spots throughout the five boroughs, including ones reserved for handicapped people and commercial drivers, law enforcement officials said.
The 30 were accused of buying the bogus laminated cards for prices ranging from $500 to $2,600 to pass themselves off as officials with local and federal agencies such as the Administration for Children’s Services, FEMA and the NYPD so they could park in prime spots mostly located in congested Lower Manhattan. The investigation stretched from March to September.
“I’m glad they got these perpetrators. It’s part of an ongoing effort to attack this problem on many fronts. We’re not going to tolerate misuse by city employees, we’re not going to tolerate private citizens who fabricate placards or misuse,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday morning.
The NYC Department of Investigation, NYPD, and the NYC Department of Transportation joined their resources to investigate the misuse of phony parking placards.
-Mayor DeBlasio recently issued 50,000 parking placards for use by teachers near school property, which is a lot of curb space that was no longer available for use by the NYC driving public during certain designated days and hours. (You may recall a former Master of the Universe, Michael Bloomberg, took these placards from the Department of Education during his tenure in office)
-Mayor DeBlasio promised to clamp down on the misuse of placards by city employees shortly after issuing the placards to the Department of Education.
-These arrests were the first fruits of the Mayor’s crackdown.
-It was interesting to note that a lawyer for one of the men arrested in Placardgate said,
Lawyer Gregory Esposito, who represented Andrej Bogdanovs, 38, said his client maintained his innocence and perhaps was being made an example of.
“I definitely think it’s a bit much, and whether true or not, it’s not the crime of the century.”
In other words, this was a politically motivated witch hunt to lessen the public outcry over the 50,000 placards issued by the Mayor. And, it is much ado about nothing.
I would love to hear your reactions to all of this.
-Is it much ado about nothing?
-Is the crackdown on the misuse of parking placards a politically motivated witch hunt?
-Is it fair to issue 50,000 placards to the Department of Education?
-How about placards to the NYPD and other agencies? Is it fair?
[Larry’s source: DNAinfo]
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