Newspaper article China Post

This Civil Servant Pocketed Traffic Fines Then Cancelled Them - for over NT$2 Million Worth of Tickets

Newspaper article China Post

This Civil Servant Pocketed Traffic Fines Then Cancelled Them - for over NT$2 Million Worth of Tickets

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Ever wonder where your money goes when you pay a traffic ticket?

If you've ever paid a fine in Taichung, it might have gone straight into the pocket of the guy you handed it to.

A civil servant at a Motor Vehicle Driver Information Service office in the city caught the attention of his supervisor on May 15 after annulling five tickets in a day.

When asked why he'd let the drivers off the hook, the civil servant told his supervisor that he'd had to cancel them because he botched the paperwork, and added that he was willing to pay for the loss if needed.

Growing suspicious, the supervisor contacted the ticketed people, managing to get a hold of three of them - all of whom said that they'd paid their fines and received receipts to prove it.

The supervisor looked at the office's computer records and found that the fines for all five tickets had been cancelled and the cases closed. …

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