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South Brunswick Men Among Four Charged In New Brunswick Parking Scam

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two Kendall Park men are among four New Brunswick Parking Authority workers charged with taking cash payments to illegally park cars in a closed parking garage, officials said Thursday.

According to a press release from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Atis Mir-Merced, 18, and Joshue Castillo-Mendoza, 24, both of Kendall Park were charged along with Karran Buchhan, 25, of Franklin Township, with bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery and conspiracy to commit theft, according to the release.

A fourth employee, Ferrad West, 22, of East Brunswick was charged with a single count of conspiracy to commit theft, the release said.

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Parking Authority ant-theft procedures discovered the scheme that police say started on Feb. 14.

According to police, the four worked as parking valets at two Dennis Street restaurants and allegedly sold parking spots in the soon to be demolished Wolfson Parking deck for cash payments.

Three of the men also allegedly paid bribes to other employees for their silence, an investigation by New Brunswick Police Detective Thierry Lemmerling determined, according to the release.

Police have not yet determined the amount of the bribes or payments made for the parking spaces, the release said.

Bail for Buchhan was set at $10,000, $7,500 each for Mir-Merced and Castillo-Mendoza and $2,500 for West, police said.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Lemmerling at (732) 745-5217.

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