Former NJ Turnpike Toll Collector John Filippine Faces Jail Time For Toll Scam

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A former New Jersey Turnpike toll collector has admitted having his hand in the till when he was on the job.

John Filippine pleaded guilty Wednesday to participating in a scheme in which he and two others obtained toll tickets from interchanges near their toll plazas and substituted them for tickets from motorists who paid larger tolls. They pocketed the difference.

The tickets were collected between Interchanges 3 and 5.

The 58-year-old Columbus resident faces nearly a year in jail and $2,282 in restitution when he’s sentenced under a plea agreement in October.

The other two toll collectors pleaded guilty in July.

What should be Filippine’s sentence? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • Jalesqco

    It is fair. If Filipine was as motivated, driven and ambitious as the Verizon CEO was, he too could have risen to the heights of American capitalism. And I’m no fan of Verizon, having just switched to save a few dollars a month.

  • Fisher

    And the Verizon CEO makes $55,000 a day, 365 days a year for a total of almost $21 million salary. And this guy is going to jail for a year for stealing $2,200 from the Port Authority. Maybe he had bills to pay or was in danger of losing his house. One house. Meanwhile the Verizon CEO owns 5 houses and is looking at a sixth. Is that fair?

    • Glenn

      Yes, and legal.

    • Scott

      I don’t think it is fair at all. But you have to remember, the Verizon guy has to look over his shoulder every minute of everyday for many reasons, but mostly out of fear someone will realize he is a complete idiot. While the toll collector, will do his time, and hopefully with confidence and a prayer, get his life back on track and moving forward – never having to look over his shoulder.

    • KPMc

      What other crimes can you justify using information that has absolutely nothing to do with the subject at hand?

      Why prosecute pedophiles when Warren Beatty has slept with so many adult women?

      Why prosecute murderers while the population continues to grow at an astronomical rate?

      Why go after Tav evaders when Kim Kardashian gets paid millions for doing nothing?

      Your logic isn’t flawed… it’s non-existant.

  • Glenn

    His sentence should be $2282.00 / 24 hrs = 95 days.

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