On Friday, Bagarozzo, 57, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for the thefts, which he got away with for more than eight years between 2003 and 2011 by using his technical skills to rig about 70 city meters so that he could collect from them, then exchange the coins for cash at a local bank during his lunch hours. In total, he rolled more than 10,000 pounds of quarters.
An Albany parking meter repair man stole $210,000 worth of quarters from old parking meters he rigged, which he says he used to fund a gambling addiction. The city’s parking commissioner noticed something was amiss when he noticed that the digital pay stations were making a lot more money than the quarter-fed machines. I’m bracing myself next for a story about a 14-year-old hacker who figured out how scrape credit card information from the digital machines.
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