Alleged Fraud at City Impound Lot Leads to Criminal Charges
Updated: Tuesday, September 2 2014, 06:27 PM EDT
An investigation at the Baltimore City impound lot has led to criminal charges.
A long-awaited report from the Investigator General has revealed for the first time details about a supervisor’s crimes that amounted to more than $20,000.
When the owner of an impounded car can't pay the fees or doesn't pick up the car within a specified period of time the city auctions off the vehicle to cover the amount due. The balance is supposed to go back to the owner, but according to the Inspector General’s report, a supervisor at the lot altered the registration of multiple vehicles and then kept the money for himself. At least one tow truck driver reported the mismanagement to city officials, and FOX45, more than a year ago.
On Tuesday he told FOX45 he's not surprised the city investigation revealed fraud.
“Your station tried to find out the facts in this case for months and they knew that you were on them, so they couldn't cover it up no more,” tow truck driver Fred Madero said.
The supervisor in this case was fired last year. He has since pled guilty to charges of theft totaling about $22,000.