Statewide Sting Busts Disabled Parking Sticker Fakers

241 people were busted in California, 30 in San Diego

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.

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.

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