State's Biggest Toll Evader Is Appropriately Named

Jarrett Stiff racked up $128K in unpaid tolls and fines in Pennsylvania
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 3, 2019 1:39 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The worst toll evader in Pennsylvania is being ordered to pay up—at least partly. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Jarrett Stiff didn't pay for trips on the Pennsylvania Turnpike 2,264 times from 2012 to 2017, more than anyone else in the state. The 36-year-old from suburban Philadelphia racked up nearly $128,000 in unpaid tolls and subsequent fines, per the AP. In a deal with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty in April to theft of services, was ordered to pay over $11,500, and was sentenced to five years' probation. Stiff's case is the latest example of the Turnpike Commission's aggressive new approach to toll evaders. The commission has begun pursuing felony charges against toll scofflaws who owed $2,000 or more in an effort to recoup hefty losses from unpaid tolls. (Read more Pennsylvania Turnpike stories.)

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