A police investigation has led to charges being filed against six employees of the Reading Parking Authority, officials announced Wednesday.
According to police paperwork, the following employees are facing charges: David Geissler, Jesus Adames, Juan Gonzalez, Marcos Rivera, Clinton Slack and Christian Adames.
The investigation began after authority officials discovered discrepancies in the collections of parking fees for events at the Santander Arena and the Santander Performing Arts Center, said Patrick Mulligan, the parking authority's executive director.
The charges, Mulligan said, center upon allegations against the employees for failing to remit the full amount of fees collected from people attending the events and parking their vehicles in one of the authority's garages, over the period of approximately one year,.
The parking authority subsequently suspended the employees, who have either resigned or remain suspended without pay, said Mulligan.
"The authority has instituted remedial measures to prevent the recurrence of such misconduct and to assure our patrons and partners that fees collected will be properly accounted for and applied to the parking authority’s mission to provide safe, convenient and reasonably priced parking services to those visiting downtown Reading," Mulligan said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.
Last year the Reading Parking Authority was slapped with a lawsuit by the Department of Justice, alleging that Hispanic employees were subjected to ethnic slurs and physical threats.
That case was settled back in December.
Parking Aurhority officials took time out of their regular meeting Wednesday night to address this new scandal.
"We want to put this to rest so that the public understands they can trust us when they're dealing with us and it's sad situation," said Dr. Gary Wegman.
These parking attendants are facing felony-level theft related charges. If found guilty, they could find themselves parked behind bars for up to seven years.