Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Prince George's Parking Officer Accused of Writing False Tickets

A Prince George's County parking enforcement officer has been indicted on charges related to writing $2,600 worth of falsified parking tickets, according to the Washington Times

The Times reports that Antoine Budd was terminated from his position in the Prince George's County Revenue Authority after 10 motorists complained that they had received $200 apiece tickets for parking violations they did not commit.  Prosecutors say that plate numbers on the tickets did not match the make and model of the vehicles were registered to, according to the Times.  Mr Budd faces 14 criminal counts including perjury, forgery and counterfeiting, and issuing false documents, misconduct in office.

The Times reports that a source close to the investigation stated Mr. Budd may have issued the tickets in order to meet unofficial agency quotas, but County officials have denied any quotas exist and stated Budd was possibly "trying to cover up a lack of work". 

In addition to Parking enforcement, the Prince George's County Revenue Authority is also involved in overseeing speed and red light camera programs.

Complete Coverage
Washington Times:  P.G. parking officer charged with issuing $2,600 worth of false tickets
WJLA: Antoine Budd indicted on charges of falsifying parking tickets
Washington Post: Pr. George’s parking enforcement officer falsified tickets
WTOP: Prince George's ticket writer accused of issuing fake citations