NEW BRUNSWICK — Four security officers have been arrested and charged with stealing nearly $3,000 in parking fees from the New Brunswick Parking Authority, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and New Brunswick Police Director Peter Mangarella announced Tuesday.
The four, all employees of the city parking authority, were arrested and charged following an investigation by Detective Amish Shah of the New Brunswick Police Department and Lt. Daniel Del Bagno and Investigator Donald Heck, both of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. The investigation is continuing, authorities said.
Investigators determined that the four officers were assigned to watch over automated payment machines during their 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. shifts and assist customers as they paid to park at the Ferren and Lower Church Street decks in New Brunswick.
Between May 13 and May 15, 2010, the security officers are accused of taking nearly $3,000 from customers and keeping the proceeds which should have been deposited in the automatic payment machines, officials said.
The investigation began after information developed by the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation was handed over to local authorities by Alan A. Rockoff, executive director of the SCI.
Thevio Eliscar, 29, of New Brunswick was arrested on June 25, on charges of official misconduct; theft of more than $500; computer theft for using the parking authority payment machines to steal approximately $1,200, and tampering with public records by disabling a security camera before stealing the parking payments, officials said.
Bail for Eliscar has been set at $100,000. He must post the full amount before he can be released from custody, according to officials.
Also arrested and charged were Hicham Saadi, 39, of New Brunswick and Emil Hanna, 55, and Emad Naguib, 47, both of Old Bridge, authorities said.
They were each charged with official misconduct, theft, and computer theft for using the payment machines to take cash from the parking authority.
The investigation determined that Saadi took $534, officials said. He was arrested on June 16, on the theft and computer theft charges and then was arrested again on June 17 on the official misconduct count.
Naguib was charged with taking $507.75, and Hanna was charged with taking $744, officials said. Both men were arrested and charged on June 23.
Bail on Hannah and Naguib was set at $75,000 each and bail for Saadi was set at $85,000. They have posted the full amounts and remain free pending further court action.
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