Date
22 May 2017
The suspect (right photo) is escorted by policemen after his arrest. An officer (left) shows the bogus parking tickets. Photos: Metro Daily
The suspect (right photo) is escorted by policemen after his arrest. An officer (left) shows the bogus parking tickets. Photos: Metro Daily

Man busted after trying to make others pay for parking tickets

What would you do with five unpaid parking tickets?

A 37-year-old print shop salesman tried to con others into paying for them — and got arrested.

The man, surnamed Chan, scanned and photoshopped the tickets and stuck unsuspecting motorists with them, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.

Police arrested him for forgery and deception after a victim complained.

The victim said he found a parking ticket on his car’s windshield and became suspicious when he noticed a different date.

At least four others had fallen prey to the caper before Chan was arrested, police said.

Chan, a salesman for a printing factory in Tai Po, had run up fixed-penalty parking tickets since January using a borrowed car from his brother-in-law.

Instead of paying the HK$320 (US$41.30) fine, he photocopied the tickets and used Photoshop to erase details of the violation including the date and location of the offense and the car’s license plate number.

He then looked around for cars with expired parking meters and placed the bogus tickets on their windshields, hoping their drivers will pick up the payment.

Some did, the report said.

Chan’s-brother-in-law, surnamed Yu, was also arrested.

Police found five unpaid parking tickets in Chan’s office and seized a printer believed to have been used to forge them.

Senior inspector Simon Kan of the Tai Po regional crime unit said forgery is a serious crime and offenders could be jailed up to 14 years.

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