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Parking lot 'sheriff' jailed for draconian towing scam

DDP/The Local · 10 May 2010, 17:56

Published: 10 May 2010 17:56 GMT+02:00

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The regional court in the Bavarian city convicted the 30-year-old of extortion, coercion and defamation after a number of witnesses accused him of charging exorbitant sums for supposed parking violations.

He and a colleague reportedly bilked drivers out of hundreds of euros for briefly parking or even just driving through their private parking lot, earning up to €12,000 per week on the charges.

“I didn’t even park, I only drove across the parking lot and was supposed to pay €230,” one victim said during the trial.

Even a fire department rescue vehicle was blocked by the “sheriff,” witnesses said.

The man was particularly militant about one parking lot at an Augsburg clinic, where he would immediately attach wheel clamps to cars that stopped briefly. The clamps were only removed when the alleged violator paid the fine.

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In other instances the vehicles were quickly towed to a nearby side street, and drivers were not allowed to know their car’s location until they handed over cash.

Prosecutors had pushed for a five year sentence.

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

18:18 May 10, 2010 by Meringer
I don't know why this people would pay instead of calling the Polizie.
20:30 May 10, 2010 by froogler#1
I am surprised that Germans would even fall for such a trick, I mean they are Germans for crying out loud, they should know that that is not right
21:31 May 10, 2010 by wxman
The Lincoln Towing Company in Chicago in the USA has been doing this for 60 years on a grand scale, and getting away with it. Typical crooked Chicago politics and cronyism are behind it. Seen it all my life. Everyone, of course, gets their cut from the cops up to the mayor. OBTW, guess who's also from Chicago and is a product of this corrupt environment?
01:09 May 11, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Wxman --

Who could that be? Glenn Beck?
07:39 May 11, 2010 by OkieinBerlin
Hey wxman, you've seen it all your life, and everyone gets a cut, and you accept it like this and have never done anything about it yourself? How corrupt, or cowardly, does this make you? Please, think a little bit, use that brain of yours, before making such stupid accusations.
16:27 May 11, 2010 by IchBinEinAuslander

Getting worked up over BS shortens your life, find a nice biergarten and R E L A X...
20:51 May 11, 2010 by Hebbellover
I thought Germans were all about following rules? You know the golden rule right? Those who have the gold make the rules....
15:56 May 12, 2010 by dbert4
@Hebbellover- Yeah, the rule followed by your favorite Americans.
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