April 18, 2014
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Chicago: Woman Racks Up $105k In Parking Fines

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A Chicago woman has racked up parking fines of more than $105,000 (£65,500) on a car that she says she does not even own.

Jennifer Fitzgerald's former boyfriend bought a used car from her uncle for $600 (£375) in 2008, but he registered it in her name without her knowledge.

When the couple broke up, Brandon Preveau abandoned the 1999 Chevy Monte Carlo at O'Hare Airport where he worked.

That was three years ago and since then the car has attracted 678 parking tickets.

The city council says Ms Fitzgerald must pay up and has suspended her driving licence.

She pleaded with Mr Preveau to move the car - and tried to move the vehicle herself - but claims she did not have keys nor access to the secure airport car park.

The saga was first highlighted by Mike Brockway from the Chicago motorists blog The Expired Meter.

He says the vehicle should have been towed away after just 30 days, but it was only moved to the airport pound a month ago.

"No one took it upon themselves, took the initiative and said 'hey, we got a problem here, this car has been here for months, and years, collecting all these tickets'," Mr Brockway told FOX32.

Ms Fitzgerald has now launched a lawsuit arguing that the city broke its own policy and attendants should not have continued ticketing the Chevy.

She is suing her ex-boyfriend, his employer United Airlines and the city of Chicago. The case comes to court next spring.

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