This one will frustrate anyone who's ever had to search around for a parking spot. It all stemmed from an investigation we did five months ago. We caught   people trying to pass as disabled.  But not just anyone- these people work for the DMV.

"It's uh... no comment," that’s what Heather Newman said , when we busted her parking with somebody else's disability placard.  Back then, we should have believed what she told us.

"I don't want to explain my story to you, and it’s not a story that you think," Newman said as she was waiting for the officer to finish writing her ticket.

And she was right- at the time we weren't thinking about where she works. But then we ran her license plate through a Department of Motor Vehicles database and we found-out that is where she works: the DMV.

And despite our story, state employees responsible for regulating disabled parking placards are still gaming the system- rolling the dice on a chance that they could get away with free parking.

“I don't want to be on TV, I'm sorry,” she said before rolling up her window on us.

Newman was right about that too. Someone at the DMV saw our story, and she was quietly disciplined. We learned of it later from a statement.

““In this case, the employee in question was cited and fined by the court for parking in a disabled parking space, and, was given appropriate disciplinary action by the department,” wrote Mike Marando, a DMV spokesman.

But Marando refused my request to do an on-camera interview about this story. He did tell me the Newman case was an isolated incident. And DMV attorneys also told me the department has its own investigations unit. They do regular sweeps to make sure all the employees are following the rules.

But we dug deeper at the DMV- we used public information laws to find out if there were any other records of employees abusing parking placards in the past two years.

We were told, there are none.

So we went back to find out for ourselves. And what we found was a van. Its license plate didn't match the disabled parking placard inside. As our pocket-cam rolled, the Van was park hours past the legal time limit for a car with no placard. Then, a DMV employee gets behind the wheel.

"Excuse me. I'm with Fox40 News. I'm doing a story on DMV employees who are parking with handicapped placards that aren't theirs,” we said to the woman inside.

“Okay, first of all, I'm not parking with something that's not mine. And you need to walk away,” she replied, before pulling her sweatshirt up over her head.

A City parking officer saw things differently, and wrote her woman a ticket.

"You are a DMV employee, so you know the rules, correct?" I asked. She kept her face hidden.

Another public records request shows that both women are "motor vehicle technicians." It’s a job that has them interpreting laws for the public. They've been trained to know what spaces they are allowed to land on, and how to keep the parking placard system above board.

"We need to make decision based on what's right. And if these people are breaking the law, it's something we need to do something about. Absolutely," said Sacramento City Councilman Jay Schinerer.

Schinerer represents the district where DMV headquarters is located. When we showed him pictures of what DMV employees were up to, he said he was disappointed... but not surprised.

"Does anything surprise me anymore? It's a tough world," Schinerer said.

And Sacramento has the toughest parking placard laws In California. Court records show Heather Newman has to pay $1025 dollars for taking her turn in free parking.

We wanted to ask: how many others are risking the same to cheat the City?

 "There... it's no comment,” Newman repeated.


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