Smithsonian Parking Manager Gets 3+ Years for $1.3M in Thefts

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A former parking lot manager at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum annex in Virginia has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for his role in stealing more than $1.3 million in parking fees.

Thirty-three-year-old Abeselom Hailemariam of Alexandria was sentenced Friday to 40 months in prison in U.S. District Court. The sentence was roughly in line with the term sought by prosecutors.

He is the third person to be sentenced for the thefts at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly.

Lot attendants, who worked for D.C.-based contractor PMI, would unplug automatic counters and falsify reports to facilitate the thefts, which occurred from 2009 to 2012.

Hailemariam, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was arrested earlier this year after returning from Ethiopia. He was also ordered to pay restitution.

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