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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Car Hit With Over $100,000 In Chicago Parking Tickets

An unemployed single mother owes the city of Chicago $105,000 in parking fines after her ex-boyfriend registered an old car in her name and parked it at O'Hare Airport without her knowing.

Officials claim Jennifer Fitzgerald owes $105,761.80 for 678 parking violations issued to a 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo registered in her name - and say it is by far the biggest parking fine the city has ever seen.

The only problem is that Ms Fitzgerald never owned that car.

According to the complaint, first reported by The Expired Meter, Ms Fitzgerald's ex-boyfriend Brandon Preveau, a United Airlines employee, abandoned the vehicle at an airport parking lot around November 17, 2009.

The car started collecting violations.

According to Department of Aviation spokesman Karen Pride, it is O'Hare parking policy to remove a car after 30 days to an impound lot. Yet it took until October 26 this year to impound the dark grey Monte Carlo.

During the nearly three-year ordeal, Ms Fitzgerald was unable to remove her name from the registration and was forced into court to address the growing fines.

Finally, with the help of an attorney, she has filed a counter lawsuit asking the court to find she was not the owner of the car and therefore not liable for the parking tickets.

The city is reviewing her lawsuit now.

And what about the car?

'The car remains behind the high, razor wired topped chain link fence of the O'Hare auto pound, just a few blocks from where it had forlornly spent the past three years,' writes Mike Brockway, who runs the website The Expired Meter.

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