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Blind musician fights parking tickets

http://www.jewishworldreview.com | (UPI) -- Street musician Mike Perry is blind. So, how did he get $360 in overdue parking tickets?

I Perry thinks he's a victim of identity theft.

The 53-year-old harmonica player was denied a $50 entertainment license because of the tickets but he says he's been blind since childhood and has never owned a car or had a driver's license.

The city Department of Revenue says the tickets were written on a 1988 Chevrolet Cavalier registered to Perry at his current address.

"How can I drive a car? Perry asked in Wednesday's Chicago Sun-Times. "I can't see."

The self-taught musician who has played blues for tourists on Michigan Avenue since 1987 to supplement his Social Security checks said he did not buy a car and let some else drive it for him.

"I don't know anything about driving. I don't know anything about cars," he said.

Several of the parking tickets were written in the Near North Side neighborhood where he lives.

The Illinois Secretary of State's office, which issues licenses and license plates, is checking to see if the signature on the vehicle registration matches Perry's and is investigating the possibility his identity was stolen by someone to create a false identity.

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