Florida mayor arrested, accused of using dead persons’ IDs

December 07, 2017 10:20 AM

A Florida mayor is facing charges after deputies say she was discovered using handicapped parking placards belonging to deceased people.

Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies began investigating last month after receiving a tip that Davenport Mayor Teresa Bradley, 60, was parking in handicapped spots at city hall, but she was not handicapped and did not have a handicapped placard issued to her.

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Deputies say they saw her park in one of the handicapped spots, placing a handicapped placard on her mirror before getting out of her car, and then removing the placard when she returned. Deputies served a search warrant at her home and say they found two handicapped placards issued to two different people.

One placard had been issued to Evelyn Klinger Letterman of Davenport, who died in August of 2012 and the second placard was issued to a person who died in 2015. One of the handicapped parking placards also had an altered expiration date. 

She was arrested on charges of Criminal Use of a Deceased Person's ID, Possession of an Altered/Counterfeit Decal, and Unlawful Use of a Handicapped Placard.

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