Meseret Teraaf, of Silver Spring, has pleaded guilty to stealing $4,000 in parking fees from a lot last August. Teraaf is one of three former lot attendants at the Udvar-Hazy Center charged with stealing parking fees; he is the first to plead guilty.
Court papers filed in federal court in Alexandria tell a tale of theft that extends to superiors. Terefe says when his boss at the parking contractor, PMI, found out about the thefts, that supervisor demanded half the money.
Visitors at Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles Airport pay a $15 parking fee; Terefe admitted unplugging vehicle counters to manipulate the count so he could steal anywhere between $1,800 to $4,500 a shift. The thefts occurred for more than three years.