BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A parking meter mechanic who worked for the City of Buffalo was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison Friday for stealing over $200,000 during an eight-year period.
James Bagarozzo pleaded guilty last September to rigging over 75 meters to gain access to the money deposited there. When the FBI raided his home in December 2011, agents found money stuffed all over the home, including $40,000 in the bathroom ceiling.
In court Friday, the 57-year-old said, "I do apologize for what I've done, and take full responsibility for my actions."
Judge Richard Arcara told the defendant that his conduct was "absolutely outrageous."
Bagarozzo's co-worker, Lawrence Charles, pleaded guilty to stealing $15,000 over a four-year period after being clued into the scheme by Bagarozzo. He is expected to receive six months to a year in jail when he is sentenced later on August 29.
Since the duos arrests, Buffalo City Parking Commissioner Kevin Helfer said, "You can see that our revenues are up at least $600,000 a year."
Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda says the investigation in this case continues and authorities are looking at other people.
Both men will have to pay restitution.
There is a hearing Thursday in Buffalo about the use of medical marijuana. So far 20 states and Washington D.C. allow it.
News 4 is looking to see if police and firefighters were called to the same house overnight, for different incidents. Firefighters were on Goodyear Avenue putting out a fire around 3 a.m. Thursday.
Reverend Roy Harriger returned to court Wednesday night. The pastor is facing charges of molesting children.
Some of the members of his assembly refuse to believe the allegations against him. About eight members of the Community Fellowship …
In an effort to combat childhood obesity, a local school district is now banning a popular sweet treat.
This year, some local students are getting out their pens and paper to make sure other children have a happy holiday this year.
Crews will also be out dredging the Buffalo River on Thursday. They'll be in the city ship canal area.