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First Criminal Charges Over Delinquent PA Turnpike Tolls Filed In Allegheny Co.

The charges are a result of a year-long effort by the Turnpike Commission

October 10, 2018 - 2:52 pm

Related: PA Turnpike Cracks Down On $17 Million In Unpaid Tolls

By Jennifer Bloodworth for NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — The first criminal charges have been filed in Allegheny County by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission since announcing their efforts to collect delinquent tolls.

The commission has been working with district attorneys across the commonwealth for over a year, going after those who owe the most first.

42-year-old Christopher Visco of Irwin is accused of skimping on tolls 111 times in just two months. He owes about $6,500.

26-year-old Andrew Betts of New Kensington accrued about $6,000 in delinquent tolls over about a year and 98 trips on the Turnpike according to the criminal complaint.

Both are charged with theft of services and have preliminary hearings on Nov. 7 before Magisterial District Judge William Wagner.

The turnpike Commission filed the private criminal complaints that were approved by District Attorney Stephen Zappala's office Wednesday. 

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