The New York Times is reporting that 30 people were arrested on earlier this month for creating or using fake parking placards. If you’ve been keeping up with this blog, you probably know that Mayor De Blasio recently created a special task force called the Placard Fraud Enforcement Unit to try and crack down on misuse and illicit activity surrounding parking placards. And now it looks like the chickens have come home to roost for many people either creating or using fake parking placards. Of the 30 arrested, 23 were charged with second-degree criminal impersonation for using the placards, while the other 7 were brought up on charges related to the creation and sale of said placards. Those arrested were asked to turn themselves in and were forced to brought to the State Supreme Court in Manhattan in handcuffs in front of TV cameras and press. All 30 pleaded not guilty.
Placard abuse by either those using fake placards or those using and abusing real ones has been a bit of a hot button issue for our current mayor. He initially tried to cut down on the overall number of placards issued, but met fierce resistance from the the teacher’s union and other organizations representing city workers. But as we can see from these arrests, there is plenty of placard fakery to keep his task force busy.
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