4th Buffalo city worker pleads guilty to parking meter thefts

BUFFALO, NY-- A fourth city of Buffalo employee has plead guilty to stealing from parking meters.

The US Attorney's office says Franklin Lopez, 33, of Buffalo admitted to stealing thousands of dollars from the City of Buffalo.

William Hochul's office says Buffalo Police found over $1,300 in coins that was supposed to be deposited into the city treasury inside Lopez's work vehicle on August 16, 2011, It is estimated that between November 2002 and August 2011, Lopez stole approximately $69,000 from city parking meters.

"Two and a half years ago, the public first learned of wide spread corruption in this City department," said U.S. Attorney Hochul. "Thanks to the continuing efforts of law enforcement and current City officials, we can now report that a fourth Parking Enforcement employee has been convicted of stealing tens of thousands of dollars over a multi-year period of time. While seldom have we seen a single department so riddled with criminals, the public can rest assured that we will not stop until all who broke the law are brought to justice."

Lopez faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both when he is sentenced in October.

Three other employees, James Bagarozzo, Lawrence Charles and Francis Tronolone, have all been convicted of stealing money from city parking meters.


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