Police dispatcher charged in fraud case

Dori­an Pars­ley

Phil­adelphia mo­tor­ists know that it of­ten seems like private tow truck op­er­at­ors know about traffic ac­ci­dents be­fore even the po­lice do. On Fri­day, fed­er­al pro­sec­utors offered an ex­plan­a­tion as to why at least one loc­al tow­ing ser­vice of­ten got the jump on the com­pet­i­tion.

It was an il­leg­al edge, too, ac­cord­ing to U.S. At­tor­ney Zane Dav­id Memeger, who an­nounced the 10-count grand jury in­dict­ment of a Phil­adelphia po­lice dis­patch­er, along with the op­er­at­ors of a Frank­ford-based tow­ing com­pany.

Ac­cord­ing to Memeger, dis­patch­er Dori­an Pars­ley, 44, of Phil­adelphia, texted real-time con­fid­en­tial ac­ci­dent in­form­a­tion to drivers for K&B Auto Body in ex­change for weekly cash pay­ments for the bet­ter part of three years. Oth­ers named in the in­dict­ment in­clude K&B own­er Wil­li­am Cheese­man, 42, of Delran, N.J., and two of the com­pany’s drivers, Step­fon Flowers, 24, and Chad Har­ris, 22, both of Phil­adelphia.

“Between Feb­ru­ary 2011 and Decem­ber 2013, Pars­ley used her po­s­i­tion as a ci­vil­ian ra­dio dis­patch­er to provide con­fid­en­tial po­lice in­form­a­tion, such as loc­a­tions of auto­mobile ac­ci­dents, loc­a­tions of PPD squad cars and vehicle re­gis­tra­tion in­form­a­tion, to tow truck op­er­at­ors who provided her with cash bribe pay­ments. Step­fon Flowers, who worked for K&B Auto Body in Phil­adelphia, al­legedly paid Pars­ley $100 to $150 weekly for the con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment, Pars­ley was a ci­vil­ian em­ploy­ee for 16 years. Com­mis­sion­er Charles Ram­sey sus­pen­ded her for 30 days, after which he plans to fire her in ac­cord­ance with con­trac­tu­al pro­tocol. The charges against the four in­clude con­spir­acy, hon­est ser­vices fraud, bribery and aid­ing and abet­ting. ••

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