Statewide Sting Busts Disabled Parking Sticker Fakers

241 people were busted in California, 30 in San Diego

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    On Wednesday, 30 people in the San Diego area were busted for disabled parking placard fraud, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

    The busts were part of a statewide sting, targeting people who misuse parking stickers issued to those with disabilities. DMV investigators handed out 241 citations total, according to a statement from the DMV.

    The Central Region (Fresno, Bakersfield, Stockton) and the Midland Region (El Monte, West Covina, LA Metro) had the most citations: 43 each.

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    The DMV looked for offenders in high-traffic areas, including shopping mall parking lots and universities.

    Offenders include people who use someone else’s placard, alter a placard or give fake information to obtain a placard. There are also consequences for disabled people who let others borrow their stickers.

    “The DMV will confiscate a placard of a legitimate owner if it’s being used by others,” DMV Chief Deputy Director Jean Shiomoto said in the release.

    People who receive citations face fines up to $1,000 for a first offense and $3,500 for a second.

    The DMV said it conducted the sting after more people started complaining about parking sticker misuse.