Woman gets traffic tickets meant for someone else - WNEM TV 5

Woman gets traffic tickets meant for someone else

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A Mid-Michigan woman didn't think twice about getting a personalized license plate until she started getting tickets that didn't belong to her.

To make matters worse, after she told the city they had the wrong person, she was told it was her job to fix it.

Anita Behling is the proud owner of a brand new car and along with it, a personalized license plate. But she said that excitement over her new purchase was short lived.

"A couple of weeks after the plates, we get delinquent parking violation notices from the city, from the Saginaw Police Department," Behling said.

She said the tickets didn't belong to her. 

"They were issued on dates prior to us even owning the vehicle or having the plate registered in our name," she said.

Turns out that personalized plate that says "4 mousy" wasn't so unique. Another local driver had the exact same one and was racking up parking tickets, $200 worth, that were being sent to Behling.

"Not my tickets. I've never been on that street. I've never owned either one of the makes of vehicles these tickets were issued to," Behling said.

She said after getting nowhere with the city, she called TV5 to help get it resolved.

"It's ridiculous. It's outrageous. How can they expect me to pay for someone else's tickets? It's just not right," Behling said.

With information in hand TV5 went to City Hall to see Chief Inspector John Stemple, who overseas parking violations.

"We will take care of that and make sure her name is removed from those charges and deal with the actual violator," Stemple said.

TV5 took the results back to Behling.

"I was looking at several more weeks, battling them to get it taken care of and you guys did it just like that," she said. "Thank you TV5 for getting results."

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