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DC woman says she was issued parking ticket for vehicle she doesn't own

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A Virginia couple's parking ticket mystery has hit a nerve for a lot of viewers. Many are contacting FOX 5 to complain about getting tickets for cars they don't own and are parked in places they have never been.

One complaint came from 80-year-old Lucy Ward. For more than a month, she has been fighting a parking ticket she says she never got.

The ticket was issued to a Ford vehicle. Ward drives a 2005 Chevy Malibu.

The Ford was parked at an expired meter in downtown D.C. at 8:53 p.m. It happened back in December.

Ward says she hasn't been in that area in quite some time and never even leaves her house after 6 p.m.

"I go to church every Sunday,” she says. “I do visitation sometimes twice a week, 3 to 4 times a month, to the grocery store and that's it!”

Ward says she was upset when she learned last month about the $25 ticket that has now doubled to $50. She was trying to renew her car registration.

Ward called the DMV for answers and sent a copy of her car registration along with a letter to Adjudication Services explaining the problem, but says she got no response.

Ward is upset and can't understand how the mix up could happen. She blames D.C. government.

"The city has incompetent help in the Department of Motor Vehicles,” Ward says.

Now Ward has written D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, Police Chief Cathy Lanier and her Councilmember Muriel Bowser to complain. She doesn't know if it will help, but she says she does know one thing: no way is she paying for a ticket she didn't get.

"Never,” she says. "I pay for what I get, and then if I want to make a donation, I make it to my church."

FOX 5 was able to reach Gabriel Robinson, the Associate Director for D.C.’s Department of Motor Vehicles. After Ward's problem was explained to him, he finally agreed to look into her ticket and help her resolve the issue.

As for other viewers who complained, Robinson's only answer seemed to be that they should follow the adjudication process. Many say they already had and still got no resolution.


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