Sunday, September 30, 2012

Parking attendant stole $400,000 by undercounting cars at Smithsonian air museum

(Sept 30, 2012, (Washington Post))--Car-by-car over the past three years, a parking lot attendant at the Smithsonian Institution’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly dutifully collected a $15-a-vehicle fee — and then routinely stashed wads of the cash into a duffel bag and took it home with him, court records show.

Wads as in: $400,000 stolen between March 2009 and July 2012, according to the guilty plea entered Friday in federal court in Alexandria by attendant Meseret Terefe, 36, of Silver Spring. Terefe usually worked only two days a week — often weekends — yet could steal as much as $4,470 a day by under-reporting cars that had paid, court filings show.

During seven days beginning in late May, about $23,000 in parking revenue was not reported when Terefe failed to count hundreds of cars that passed through his booth — one of five entry lanes at the lot, court files show.  Read more  from Washington Post »

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