Deitra Bryant Mallory fined for using dead grandmother's parking placard

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WASHINGTON (AP/WJLA) - A D.C. schools employee has been fined $1,500 for using her dead grandmother's handicapped-parking placard to park for free at work.

The Washington Times reports that the D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability approved the fine Thursday against Deitra Bryant Mallory, who works with disabled students. Officials say Mallory earns a six-figure salary as director of related services.

Officials say investigators saw Bryant Mallory use the South Carolina placard four times. When she was confronted, officials say Bryant Mallory she said it was her grandmother's and she used it to transport her. But later she admitted that her grandmother died in 2008 and even doctored it to make it look as if it was still valid.

Mallory admitted using the parking pass to park for free when she traveled to work every Monday and Wednesday throughout 2013.{ }

Ethics board members said Mallory had likely broken laws in both D.C. and South Carolina, but that it would be up to law enforcement to decide whether to go forward with any criminal prosecution. The parking placard has been confiscated.

The case is part of an effort to root out government employees improperly using disability placards for free parking.