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City of New Haven investigating street parking scam

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Residents warned about parking scam in New Haven (WFSB) Residents warned about parking scam in New Haven (WFSB)

Officials warned New Haven residents in one neighborhood that someone is using their addresses to get coveted parking permits.

Neighbors in the Winchester Avenue neighborhood said bills are showing up at their homes with the names of people who've never lived there. 

"This is a zoned parking area and it's bad enough we have to jockey for parking spaces without someone else using our addresses to get these permits,” a woman, who asked not to be identified, said.

She said someone already knows her address after getting a bill from the city with a half dozen names she's never heard of.

"Six different names, six people who've clearly have never been here before,” the woman said. “I've been here since the 80s? Over 20 years. These people do not live here, have never lived here."

The thought is someone is using her address in order to skirt the rules and get parking permits.

"I do know there are some that clearly park on this street every day, get out of their vehicles and walk to work, every day,” the woman told Eyewitness News.

She’s not the only one in this neighborhood, worrying about the possibility that someone is using her address for applying for parking permits or for some other reason. Others have gotten letters from the city too.

"Other neighbors have gotten letters also, I've asked them,” the female neighbor said.

She said a neighbor received a bill with four names on it, so Eyewitness News reached out to the city. Eyewitness News was told people are constantly trying to get around the parking permit regulations.

Anyone in the Winchester Avenue neighborhood who gets a bill is asked to contact the city of New Haven and bring the names to them.

Eyewitness News was told the city’s department of transportation, traffic, and parking was working to fight this fraud, including a recent initiative linking parking permits with the exact license plates.  That way the addresses are then checked and verified with the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

"Especially with winter coming, we get and clean parking spaces, come back and there is no place to park,” the female neighbor said. “I just want it resolved and I want to be assured that no one is using my address for any purpose."

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