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Top 10 parking scofflaws in Las Vegas face thousands of dollars in fines

If you’re out of quarters and can’t pay the meter or if it expires before you get back, you could face a $20 parking ticket from the city of Las Vegas.

The default amount may seem small, but it can quickly escalate to more than three times the original fine.

The city also issues larger fines for a variety of infractions such as parking in front of a fire hydrant or in a handicapped space, which both carry a $250 fine.

An initial fine for a parking ticket doubles after 30 days and the fine amount is added again 15 days later, raising the default cost to $60.

After 60 days, a Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles hold is issued with another $10 fee. If it’s been nine months and payment still is outstanding, the ticket is sent into collection with an additional fee of 18 percent of the balance tacked onto the cost. Nine months after that, another 25 percent of the balance is added to the amount owed.

The city has a number of tools it uses to encourage payment, including placing holds on vehicle registrations, immobilizing vehicles or referring the debt to a collection agency.

The escalating fines for nonpayment can add up and has left some Las Vegans and a couple of Californians owing the city thousands of dollars.

Ten people owe the city at least $3,000 in parking fines, with the top offender’s tickets and late fees totaling $5,250.

The names of these individuals are protected by Nevada statute, but the city does release their license plate numbers as part of the public record.

Here’s a look at the city’s 10 biggest scofflaws with the largest outstanding fines:

    • Nevada plate number ULV00678: $5,250

      Date issued/Amount owed

      3-21-2007 / $310

      3-31-2007 / $310

      5-16-2007 / $760

      6-02-2007 / $760

      6-11-2007 / $760

      7-21-2007 / $760

      8-2-2007 / $760

      8-10-2007 / $760

      8-20-2007 / $70

    • Nevada plate number 582XBF: $4,045

      Date issued/Amount owed

      3-3-2012 / $285

      3-6-2012 / $235

      4-14-2012 / $235

      4-28-2012 / $235

      5-6-2012 / $235

      5-13-2012 / $235

      5-16-2012 / $235

      5-20-2012 / $235

      5-26-2012 / $235

      6-02-2012 / $235

      6-16-2012 / $235

      6-17-2012 / $235

      6-23-2012 / $235

      7-7-2012 / $235

      7-14-2012 / $235

      7-21-2012 / $235

      7-30-2012 / $235

    • Nevada plate number ULV09011: $3,800

      Date issued/Amount owed

      12-27-2007 / $760

      1-16-2008 / $760

      1-24-2008 / $760

      5-17-2008 / $760

      6-13-2008 / $760

    • California plate number RUNR42: $3,360

      Date issued/Amount owed

      6-28-2008 / $300

      7-9-2008 / $300

      7-29-2008 / $300

      7-30-2008 / $300

      8-1-2008 / $300

      8-2-2008 / $300

      8-6-2008 / $300

      8-9-2008 / $300

      8-16-2008 / $300

      10-8-2008 / $300

      10-8-2008 / $300

      10-8-2008 / $60

    • Nevada plate number 348VVA: $3,355

      Date issued/Amount owed

      4-13-2009 / $70

      5-24-2009 / $70

      6-5-2009 / $70

      6-18-2009 / $70

      9-3-2009 / $70

      9-5-2009 / $70

      9-17-2009 / $70

      9-18-2009 / $70

      9-24-2009 / $70

      9-28-2009 / $760

      10-1-2009 / $70

      10-2-2009 / $70

      10-3-2009 / $760

      10-4-2009 / $70

      11-17-2009 / $760

      11-18-2009 / $235

    • Nevada plate number SPREDLV: $3,110

      Date issued/Amount owed

      1-19-2011 / $70

      8-22-2011 / $760

      8-24-2011 / $760

      8-26-2011 / $760

      8-31-2011 / $760

    • Nevada plate number 664VLL: $3,040

      Date issued/Amount owed

      4-9-2012 / $760

      4-11-2012 / $760

      4-18-2012 / $760

      6-8-2012 / $760

    • Nevada plate number 987WJK: $3,040

      Date issued/Amount owed

      5-27-2010 / $760

      6-26-2010 / $760

      7-31-2010 / $760

      8-7-2010 / $760

    • Nevada plate number 375VCP: $3,030

      Date issued/Amount owed

      10-31-2009 / $760

      11-4-2009 / $760

      11-5-2009 / $750

      11-6-2009 / $760

    • California plate number DP1655N: $3,000

      Date issued/Amount owed

      6-1-2010 / $750

      10-26-2010 / $750

      11-8-2010 / $750

      11-10-2010 / $750

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    1. Slow news day...?

    2. They have a license number. Put a hold on their license at DMV and collect the fines.

      Why are they messing with these for years or sending to collection agencies. Once they are late, place a lien on the plate number.

    3. Kind of makes me want to go Downtown. NOT! Who needs Downtown when parking is FREE at malls, grocery stores, restaurants, casinos and other places of business. Parking meters do nothing to say to folks, "We like you, we respect you, and we want to do business with you." They are merely another way for politicans to wring money from folks wallets. Having said that, if they are going to have them and are going to hand out tickets for those parked on expired meters, they ought to make every effort to collect. Meanwhile, shop at the District or Meadows mall; visit the "M" or Texas Station, eat at any McDonalds or IHOP. Parking is free!

    4. Definition of "scofflaw" is "a person who flouts the law, esp. by failing to comply with a law that is difficult to enforce effectively." Scofflaw could also be used to define almost all recent laws in Nevada. Why spend all the time and money to pass laws that police are unwilling/unable to enforce. Ring/text me on your cell phone while you are excessively speeding to work this morning and let me know what you think.

    5. They caught me!

    6. Bob: LOL. Certainly you jest.

    7. So the City spends over 20,000 dollars to collect an original fee of 20 dollars - which has escalated to 5k bucks?

      Great way to utilize public resources. Gov't hard at work.

    8. Two California plates? Can't be true because we all know that people moving into the state are required to license their automobiles within thirty days.

      Oh!!!! Wait! That's obviously not true either. Green Valley is full of residences with California plates.