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Sting Nabs 18 Accused of Fraudulently Using Handicap Placards

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A crackdown of people allegedly using handicap placards to get free parking at meters led to 18 citations from the Department of Motor Vehicles. The sting took place around the Van Nuys Government Center on Tuesday, reported the Daily News. DMV officials told the paper they were surprised how many people they caught during their six-hour sting. They are considered misdemeanor citations that can cost between $500 and $1000. Then add to that court costs, community service -- they get to work with a disabled person -- and probation.

In July, city officials met to discuss how to better manage the parking problem in that area of Van Nuys.