A 41-year-old Indian driver has been jailed for three months and fined more than USD 40,000 by a Dubai court for tampering with two parking tickets to park free and save a few dirhams.
The Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the driver, identified only as K.S., of forging an electronic document and fined him Dirham 150,000 (about USD 41,000). Presiding judge Mohammad Jamal also jailed K.S. For three months after he pleaded guilty.
An Emirati inspector at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) discovered the driver had tampered with a parking ticket and parked his car near Al Khansa roundabout on April 21, Gulf News reported.
Three days later, the same inspector discovered that the same car had another forged ticket on the dashboard before police came and apprehended K.S., who had parked the vehicle.
According to Tuesday's ruling, the accused will be deported following the completion of his punishment.
The defendant admitted before the court that he forged two parking tickets and used the forged tickets to park for free.
The inspector testified that he discovered the first forged ticket after the driver had left it on the dashboard.
"I noticed that the car driver had tampered with the dates mentioned on the ticket...It was April 20 but the dates mentioned on the ticket read April 21. I gazed at the ticket closely and it was obvious that the ticket had been forged. My supervisor asked me to wait until the driver returned, but I missed him and he (K.S.) managed to leave," the inspector was quoted as saying.
"A few days later, I saw the same car and the driver had done the same thing...He placed another forged parking ticket on the dashboard. This time I called up the police...They called him up and summoned him to the parking lot where he was apprehended. Two forged tickets were seized in his possession," said the inspector.
The defendant admitted to prosecutors that he had tampered with two parking tickets to park for free.
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