NYC sanitation worker busted for using license plates found in garbage to avoid tolls and parking fines
One man’s trash is another man’s transportation pass.
A city sanitation worker was arrested Wednesday on charges that he picked a pair of license plates from a trash pile and used them on his car to accumulate more than $17,000 in parking penalties, traffic violations and E-ZPass tolls.
Jason Rivera, of Staten Island, was charged with grand larceny after a city Department of Investigation probe determined he was using the purloined plates for free rides.
According to a criminal complaint, Rivera found the New York State plates in 2016, and gave them to a friend to use on a vehicle. A year later, the plates were returned to Rivera, who put them on his car.
Rivera went on to rack up $5,500 in parking and traffic violations, $1,800 in unpaid E-ZPass tolls and more than $10,000 in unpaid fees.
“Misusing New York State license plates, ignoring traffic and parking violations, and failing to pay tolls are crimes that will result in arrest and prosecution,” said DOI Commissioner Margaret Garnett.
The DOI started looking into the case after receiving a complaint from the Department of Motor Vehicles.
“These kinds of crimes undermine the government’s ability to do its job and maintain a standard of safety on the roads. These offenses are particularly egregious when committed by a City employee who used his job as a means to commit the crime.”
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Rivera has been a sanitation worker since 2006, and makes $77,300.
He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.