Date
24 July 2017
A Fanling magistrate's court threw out the defense argument that a salesman could not afford to pay two parking tickets because of the high cost of maintaining his car. Photos: Wikimedia, Now News
A Fanling magistrate's court threw out the defense argument that a salesman could not afford to pay two parking tickets because of the high cost of maintaining his car. Photos: Wikimedia, Now News

Man who passed parking tickets to others convicted of fraud

A printing company salesman who tricked others into paying his parking tickets faces a March 11 sentencing after being convicted on two counts of forgery.

A magistrate trashed the defense argument that Chan Lik-wan committed the crime out of stupidity, saying he is “38 not 18″, Apple Daily reports.

The judge denied a plea for leniency after Chan’s lawyer failed to prove that his client’s failure to pay the parking tickets was due to the high cost of maintaining his car.

The defense earlier said that Chan was forced to buy the vehicle because it was the only way he could get a promotion.

Chan was arrested in March 2015 on suspicion of forging a parking ticket by changing the details on it.

He used Photoshop to alter the ticket, photocopied it and put it on another car, hoping the driver would pick it up and pay, the court heard.

Chan perfected his scheme by providing each ticket with different police badge numbers he secretly obtained from passing officers, Metro Daily Hong Kong reported, citing court documents. 

Chan was busted after a second victim complained to the police.

Investigators later found that the tickets were issued to a car registered under Chan’s brother-in-law.

In fact, Chan owned the vehicle, the court heard.

In his defense, Chan said he resorted to forgery because he could not afford to pay the two parking tickets.

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