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Port Authority: GWB Toll Cheat Owes $88,000

Anthony Cotugno
Anthony Cotugno Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy PORT AUTHORITY PD

FORT LEE, N.J. -- A motorist piled up nearly $88,000 in unpaid tolls and fees at the Hudson River crossings and on the New Jersey Turnpike, police said.

Anthony Cotugno, 60, of Bloomfield amassed 1,510 violations -- split nearly evenly between the Turnpike and the Hudson bridge and tunnels, the Port Authority's Joseph Pentangelo told Daily Voice on Thursday.

Port Authority Police Officer Leonel Gonzalez stopped Cotugno's 2001 Lincoln Continental after it illegally rolled through a lower level George Washington Bridge E-ZPass lane around noon Wednesday, Pentangelo said.

A records check showed a revoked E-ZPass account -- along with the uncollected debt, he said.

Police impounded the Lincoln, processed Cotugno on charged of theft of services and toll evasion -- while also issuing him a traffic summons -- and released him pending a court hearing.

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