Look closely, this fake parking ticket showed up on a car in Centennial

Posted at 4:01 PM, Sep 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-13 20:41:59-04

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office is warning the public about possible fake parking tickets being issued in the area.

The sheriff’s office issued the warning Thursday after an incident involving a fraudulent ticket being placed on a vehicle parked in a private parking lot in the 12200 block of East Arapahoe Road.

According to the release, the victim told deputies there were several inconsistencies on the ticket — most notably that the ticket appeared to have been issued by the city of Englewood, but the parking lot location was in the city of Centennial.

But looking closer, the city’s name is misspelled across the top of the ticket. It also refers to “offence date” and “offence time,” which is the usual British or Canadian spelling of the word.

Deputies say while the fake ticket does not appear to be a direct attempt to defraud someone financially, they take the production of fraudulent tickets seriously and are actively investigating the case.

“Fraudulently producing government documents is definitely something we take seriously,” sheriff's office spokesperson Julie Brooks said. 

They say there are few parking violations that law enforcement organizations can issue parking tickets for on private property. Most commonly that would include handicap parking violations.