Township Man Among Four To Be Sentenced For Theft From Parking Authority

Four former employees of the New Brunswick Parking Authority – including a township man – will be placed on probation for stealing more than $500 from the authority in 2016.

Karran Buchan, 19, of Somerset, was among the men who pleaded guilty to a count each of 3rd Degree Conspiracy to Commit Theft, according to a press release from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Also pleading guilty were Joshue Castillo-Mendoza, 25, and Atis Mir-Merced, 19, both of South Brunswick, and Ferrad West, 23, of East Brunswick.

Mir-Merced will be permitted to enter the Pre-Trial Intervention Program for first offenders, according to the release.

In addition to probation, the men will pay the parking authority $200 in restitution and will be forever barred from holding public employment, according to the release.

The men receiving probation are scheduled to be sentenced in New Brunswick on May 22 by Superior Court Judge Alberto Rivas.

The four had been charged with plotting to take cash payments from New Brunswick Parking Authority customers to park cars illegally between January 1, 2016 and March 4, 2016, according to the release.

The four were charged during an investigation that began after parking authority officials learned of the thefts and contacted the New Brunswick Police Department.

During the investigation, Detective Harry Lemmerling of the New Brunswick Police Department determined that the four employees worked as parking valets at two Dennis Street restaurants and conspired to sell parking spots to motorists, whose cars were parked at the Wolfson parking deck, according to the release.


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