Vincent J. Howard worked as a parking meter attendant in a suburb of Detroit. His 23-year employment ended when police raided his home last year and found thousands of dollars in coins. More money turned up in his personal car and in the city-owned vehicle he used for his rounds. When they finished counting, authorities accused him of taking $120,000 from the parking meters, quarter by quarter.
"He said he took $500 every two weeks for 10 years to pay bills," prosecutor Steve Steinhardt said this week, after Howard's sentencing. "But I think he used the money to more than supplement his income."
Howard pleaded guilty to embezzlement and promised to pay back most of the money - $70,000 within 30 days and $30,000 more over the two years that he will be on probation. His plea agreement also requires him to spend six months on an electronic tether. Howard now works as a $9-an-hour laborer for a fence company.
Source: The Associated Press, via ABC News