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P.G. parking officer charged with issuing $2,600 worth of false tickets
Was attempting to meet unofficial agency quotas
A Prince George's County parking enforcement officer issued $2,600 worth of false parking tickets this year in an attempt to meet unofficial agency quotas, according to officials investigating the citations.
Antoine Budd was indicted Tuesday on 14 criminal counts, including charges of perjury, forgery and counterfeiting, issuing of false documents, and misconduct in office, according to the Prince George's County state's attorney's office.
He was fired from his position with the county's Revenue Authority in May as a result of the investigation into complaints about the citations, which claimed vehicle owners had illegally parked in fire lanes.
The investigation began after at least 10 people called the Revenue Authority in April and May to complain that they received errant violation notices, prosecutors said. Mr. Budd was the parking officer who issued all of the $200-apiece tickets in question.
Prosecutors said the license plate numbers on the tickets did not match the make and model of the actual vehicles they were registered to, and Mr. Budd failed to take photos of the vehicles, as is required by parking enforcement protocol.
An official with knowledge of the investigation said Mr. Budd issued the tickets in order to meet unofficial agency quotas because he believed supervisors were not happy with his job performance.
No one from the Revenue Authority could be reached for comment Tuesday to provide further details on the case or the quota system.
"The Revenue Authority takes these charges very seriously and I am pleased that the oversight mechanisms that are in place worked in this particular case," Executive Director Peter Shapiro said in a statement issued with the announcement of Mr. Budd's indictment.
A court date has not been set. Mr. Budd could not be reached for comment by phone Tuesday.
The agency oversees operation and management of several of the county's revenue-generating programs, including parking enforcement and automated speed and red-light cameras programs. Prior to being elected as the county's state's attorney, Ms. Alsobrooks served as director of the Revenue Authority.
Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly said Mr. Budd had resigned from his job. The mistake has since been corrected.
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