A Portsmouth, New Hampshire man recently got caught in a handicapped parking spot. That was a $100 fine, and it was a bit more than he felt like paying. So he got out his trusty pen and re-wrote the ticket into a $20.00 no parking zone violation, then mailed it in.
Unfortunately for this budding artist, the police happened to check his copy with the original ticket — and his brilliant scheme unravelled on him.
That $80 he tried to save himself now has him facing felony forgery charges, and could cost him the next 3 1/2 to 7 years of his life.
Mr. Shufro tried to explain to the judge that it was “just a parking violation,” but the judge corrected him that altering an official government document — even a parking ticket — is a bad thing.
(Insert “but it was just about sex” Clinton comparison here)