September 13, 2002
Fake hangtag seller caught

From today's Chron:

DALLAS -- A man who last year drew the ire of women's rights groups for selling so-called "wife-beater" T-shirts on the Internet is facing a felony charge for purveying another questionable product: fake handicapped-parking placards.

James Doolin, 31, was arrested in Denton County on Sept. 5 for selling 100 phony tags for $500 to undercover sheriff's officers.

He was charged with tampering with a government record, punishable by a maximum $10,000 fine and up to 10 years in jail, Denton County Sheriff's Department spokesman Kevin Patton said Thursday.


Patton said officials learned of the fake tags when an officer noticed one hanging from the rearview mirror of a vehicle in a handicapped spot in front of the Denton County Courthouse.

"They're exactly the same size. All the writing from a distance looked authentic," Patton said.

Upon closer inspection, Patton said, the tags were missing some numbers and letters, and were a darker blue than the real thing.

"We ran a sting on him and he was arrested after he made the sale," Patton said.

If only Houston were that proactive.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on September 13, 2002 to The great state of Texas