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Man behind $106K of parking tickets reveals his side of story: EXCLUSIVE

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Often, when couples break up, there's a nasty fight to claim ownership of things like automobiles.

Now, we're hearing for the first time from the defendant in a case where both sides are trying to prove that they don't own a car.

Nobody wants to admit to being the owner of the 1998 Monte Carlo because whoever owns the car also may also owe the city of Chicago $106,000 in parking tickets. As FOX 32 News first reported last week, the tickets have piled up over the last three years, while the car was parked in Parking Lot E at O'Hare.

The car's title is in the name of Jennifer Fitzgerald, but she filed a lawsuit claiming the car was abandoned there three years ago by her former boyfriend, Brandon Preveau, who is a United Airlines employee.

Fitzgerald claimed he dumped the car in a section reserved for United's employees, where she had no access to it and that Preveau is the true owner anyway.

Her lawsuit says Preveau paid $600 to buy the car and he paid for the insurance and license plates. She also says he was the principal driver. She admits, though, that the title is in her name, although she tried to transfer it.

Last week, Preveau declined to comment, but now, his attorney, Matt Prengaman, tells FOX 32 News that they "just want to let the legal process run its course."

"But the fact remains--my client never was the owner of the vehicle at issue," Prengaman continues. "The title was never in his name and the license plates were never in his name either."

That's essentially what the city says too. Jennifer Fitzgerald's name tops a recent city list of scofflaws who owe thousands for overdue parking tickets, even though we've also learned, that her father was a longtime Chicago police officer, who recently retired.

In an email to FOX 32, Fitzgerald's father said that, "I've done my best to stay out of this mess."

Fitzgerald and her attorney have declined to do any interviews, letting the lawsuit speak for itself.

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