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Man Charged for Century of DMV Fees

March 12, 2000

RENO, Nev. (AP) _ Robert Challender of Reno expected to be hit with a late fee when he showed up a month late to register his 1978 Datsun.

But what he didn’t plan on was a $378,426.25 bill sent to him by the Department of Motor Vehicles, an amount that included about $260,000 in late fees and penalties.

``I told them to take me to jail if they had to. I wasn’t paying,″ he said.

DMV officials blamed the mixup on conversion of data to the agency’s new computer system and ended up charging Challender the same $60 fee he paid last year.

Challender apparently was billed for late charges accrued since 1900, when the only motor vehicles were some experimental horseless carriages, officials said. They added that the problem wasn’t a Y2K glitch.

``We hope we don’t see that again,″ DMV spokeswoman Kim Evans said.

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