SAN FRANCISCO — Prosecutors have charged a San Francisco man accused of filing fraudulent applications for disabled parking placards — at least one of which he sold for $1,000, officials said Wednesday.
The San Francisco District Attorney’s office charged Montana Le, 35, with three counts of filing false information and three counts of unauthorized use of personal identifying information, the California Department of Motor Vehicles said.
He was booked into San Francisco County Jail last week and released the following day after posting $80,000 bail.
Investigators have linked Le to more than two dozen disabled placard applications with a forged doctor’s signature, according to the DMV.
A number of the placards were registered to Le’s address, but most were issued to different people, the agency said.
A San Francisco woman who was charged with parking placard fraud in 2014 told investigators she bought fraudulent placards from Le, authorities said.
Le sold some of the placards for $400 each and at least one for $1,000, DMV spokeswoman Jessica Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez said she did not know whether Le had an attorney.
Officials began to investigate the case after DMV staff flagged a large number of disabled parking applications that appeared to have forged doctor signatures and similar handwriting.
The investigation was conducted under Operation Blue Zone — a program launched in 2014 to identify disabled parking application fraud.
If convicted, Le could face up to four years in prison and fines from $1,000 to $10,000 for each violation, officials said.