Cops: Trio Owes More Than $130K for Unpaid Tolls

One allegedly failed to pay the toll again while fleeing arrest
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2016 6:06 PM CDT
Cops: Trio Owes More Than $130K for Unpaid Tolls
Denise Simien   (Port Authority)

Authorities in New York and New Jersey have arrested a trio of scofflaws for allegedly racking up more than $130,000 in unpaid tolls and fines, the New York Daily News reports. Denise Simien was the most recent suspect to be nabbed. Authorities say she took the Holland Tunnel more than 500 times without paying the toll (though WABC puts the number closer to 250), racking up more than $16,000 in unpaid tolls and fees. The 55-year-old New Jersey woman allegedly added one more to her tally, attempting to flee police through the Holland Tunnel on Wednesday…without paying the toll, the Jersey Journal reports.

Earlier this month, authorities arrested 34-year-old Willie Reyes and 45-year-old Spirdon Fragoulis for racking up unpaid tolls and fees on their E-Z Passes. Authorities say Reyes owes more than $37,000. Tow-truck driver Fragoulis allegedly failed to pay his tolls 850 times and owes more than $78,000. "These motorists are the most prolific that we have seen at this time," a spokesperson for the Port Authority tells the Daily News. "When we have repeat offenders the Port Authority makes even greater effort to crackdown." (More weird crimes stories.)

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