Nassau County, N.Y., is going after the property of its 73 worst ticket scofflaws, who owe a combined $452,500 in fines, says Newday. They could lose their vehicles, their wages, and even their homes. “I feel this is wrong, this is not justice. They did me wrong,” said Josinette Etienne, 37, after deputy sheriffs showed up at his home and took away his Mercedes-Benz and Dodge pickup truck for $6,000 in unpaid tickets. Etienne denied owing $6,000.
Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi said that, “If we can’t settle the judgment with selling the car, we can go after your house, bank account. This is creative use of existing law.” Donna Lieberman of the New York Civil Liberties Union said the seizure program could infringe on the constitutional rights of the vehicle owners. “It raises serious due process concerns whenever the government takes property first and asks questions later,” she said.