Australian man goes to great lengths to avoid traffic tickets

March 4, 2013 12:00 AM

Most drivers have had some kind of experience with traffic tickets and fines. However, not all car owners go through the trouble of lying about their car being stolen to get out of trouble like one Australian man did - 21 times.

Mario Hili, a 64-year-old retiree, avoided paying thousands of dollars in traffic camera fines by reporting that his vehicle was stolen every time he got a ticket. His car would always be found within his hometown, with only his fingerprints on it and never with any damage that required some kind of auto repair.

While he has been tricking the system with this act for the past 13 years, authorities only recently caught onto the deception. 

"Police discovered it was the 21st time since 2000 that Hili had reported his car stolen," Senior Constable Siobhan Daly said in court, as quoted by News AU. "Each time he would find it himself at various locations around Geelong and each report coincided with him having received a traffic infringement notice through the mail." 

Hili pled guilty to the new charges brought against him, which included three counts of making a false document and seven counts of obtaining a financial advantage by deception, but only had to cough up AUD$2,500 to cover the fines. 

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