The Woman with 678 Unpaid Parking Tickets

The city says she owes nearly $106,000, but she says the car isn’t hers.

The Woman with 678 Unpaid Parking Tickets Photo (cc) by Ashley Coates

How could you rack up that many unpaid tickets? The Huffington Post explains…

According to court documents, [Jennifer] Fitzgerald claims that Brandon Preveau, her ex-boyfriend, purchased the vehicle from her uncle for $600 in 2008 and registered the car in her name without her knowledge. A year later, after having a baby together, the couple broke up and Preveau took the car with him. An employee of United Airlines, Preveau reportedly parked the car at O’Hare International Airport before eventually abandoning the vehicle. That’s when fines began to accrue.

On Nov. 17, 2009, the car received seven separate parking tickets for violations ranging from expired plates to parking a vehicle in a city-owned lot for more than 30 days. Despite the city law and O’Hare’s own parking policies, the car was not immediately towed and stayed in the lot, racking up more parking violations through April 30, 2012.

Her license was suspended, and the case will be in court next year.

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