- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 5, 2015

Finnish authorities reportedly looked up a millionaire’s 2013 tax return before issuing him a roughly $60,000 traffic citation for speeding.

Due to his millionaire status, Reima Kuisla was told to hand over 54,000 euros for traveling 14 miles per hour over the posted limit, the Helsinki-based tabloid Iltalehti first reported.

The hefty fine is based on long-standing law that is in place to ensure that punishments are equally felt by people of all classes, AOL.com reported.

Still, Mr. Kuisla feels he’s been treated unfairly.

“Ten years ago I wouldn’t have believed that I would seriously consider moving abroad,” he wrote Sunday on his Facebook page. “Finland is impossible to live in for certain kinds of people who have high incomes and wealth.”

Mr. Kuisla received little sympathy from his fellow Finns on social media.

“If you follow the rules you won’t have to pay fines,” wrote one commenter, according to BBC’s translation. 

“Small fines won’t deter the rich — fines have to ‘bite’ everyone the same way,” wrote another, BBC reported.

In 2002, a top executive at the Finnish telecommunications giant, Nokia, was slapped with a $128,000 ticket for speeding on his Harley Davidson motorcycle, BBC reported.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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