Buffalo, NY (WBEN) A third Buffalo city employee has pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from parking meters in the city. 33 year old Francis Tronolone faces up to 10 years in prison, and a fine of up to $250,000.
“Today’s developments mean that three different employees of the same City Department have now been convicted of collectively stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the residents of this area,” said U.S. Attorney Bill Hochul. “These crimes occurred day in and day out over many months and years. This Office will continue to pursue this investigation until all who may have abused their positions are identified and caught.”
Prosecutors say Tronolone stole $9,000 in coins from city parking meters, money that was supposed to be deposited into the city treasury. Some of the money was stolen from parking meters that had been rigged by other parking meter mechanics. Tronolone kept a small cooler in the back of his vehicle where he would conceal the stolen coins.
Tronolone is the third employee of the Department of Parking Enforcement to be convicted in this case. James Bagarozzo was convicted of stealing over $200,000 from Buffalo parking meters and sentenced to 30 months in prison on August 16, 2013. Bagarozzo was also ordered to pay $210,000 in restitution. Lawrence Charles has also been convicted of stealing over $10,000 from Buffalo parking meters and was sentenced to six months and prison and ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution. A fourth employee, Franklin Lopez, is charged also charged with stealing thousands of dollars from the City of Buffalo