Commuter charged with forging Westport RR parking permit
UPDATE: According to the state's attorney, the case against Kenneth Daffner was dismissed.
A Weston man has been charged with forging his parking permit at Westport's railroad station.
Kenneth Daffner, 46, of Skylark Lane in Weston, was charged with second-degree forgery on a warrant Monday.
Police said an officer checking permits at the station noticed that the color of the permit on Daffner's car was not the same color as the current permits issued to other commuters.
The annual permit fee is $325.
There were two other permits on the vehicle from earlier years that also did not appear to be the right color or had different-size lettering from other parking stickers, police said. The three permits had the same identification number, but listed different license plate numbers, police said.
After checking records for parking permits, police said they learned Daffner's name is on the waiting list and is not among those to whom a permit has been issued to park at the rail depot.
There are about 2,300 people on the waiting list for a permit, officials said.
Police Chief Dale Call, who until his recent promotion oversaw the parking permit program, said, "It is the first confirmed forged permit I've had brought to my attention in the past four years, but that doesn't mean other people aren't doing it or thinking about it.
"New printers, scanners, computers all make this sort of thing a lot easier than it used to be, I'm sure," he said.
Daffner's bond was set at $5,000 and he is scheduled to appear Oct. 27 in Norwalk Superior Court.