WHITE PLAINS, NY -- As a result of the arrests of part-time employees accused of stealing the receipts of Westchester County parking operations, a new system of controls has been put in place to prevent this type of theft in the future.
These changes include appointing a new parking supervisor, limiting the number of parking permits distributed at any one time to the parking office staff and installing security cameras in parking offices and booths.
These changes come after three former hourly Parks employees were indicted and 12 other arrested for theft involving employees pocketing money from patrons for monthly parking permits and MetroCards and then falsifying records to cover their crimes.
Parks Commissioner Kathleen O’Connor, whose department oversees the county’s parking operations, said in a statement that the implementation of new controls began more than a year ago
“Now that the criminal investigation has concluded, we can report that changes have already been made to strengthen our internal controls,” she said. “These individuals were able – at least for a while – to get around the checks and balances. We have revamped the system to address these weaknesses. We can’t prevent every theft, but we can make criminal acts more difficult to commit and easier to detect and that is what our new controls are designed to do.”
O’Connor said that all of the employees who were implicated in the case were terminated following their arrests.