Police dispatcher pleads guilty in bribery case

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. ••

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