A Philadelphia police radio dispatcher is facing up to 35 years in federal prison after pleading guilty on Monday to bribery, fraud and conspiracy for selling classified traffic accident information to a Frankford tow service.
Dorian Parsley, 44, of Philadelphia, also faces a possible $750,000 fine and will be sentenced on Oct. 21. A co-defendant, William Cheeseman, 42, of Delran, pleaded guilty to bribery and faces up to 10 years in prison along with a $250,000 fine. He will be sentenced on Oct. 24.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Cheeseman owned K&B Auto Body in Frankford. From February 2011 to December 2013, Parsley surreptitiously texted real-time accident information to K&B tow truck drivers, who used the information to beat other tow services to accident scenes. Typically, Parsley would share accident locations, police car locations and vehicle registration information with the tow operators.
Parsley received $100 to $200 per week for the information and for additional cash would provide tow operators with the names and addresses of private vehicle owners by accessing the police dispatch computer. Parsley used her personal cell phone to text the information to tow operators. She collected $35,400 throughout the scheme. Cheeseman admitted paying $9,000 to Parsley.
Parsley was a civilian police department employee for 16 years. She was fired after a federal grand jury indicted her in May. ••