Washington Post: Parking Attendant Pleads Guilty in Theft of $400,000

National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. (Photo: Smithsonian)

The Washington Post

By Mary Pat Flaherty, Published: November 2

A parking attendant who was part of a scheme that stole at least $400,000 in lot fees from the Smithsonian Institution’s aircraft museum in Chantilly pleaded guilty Thursday to theft of public money.

Freweyni Mebrahtu, 45, of Sterling is the second person to admit pocketing the $15 parking fee paid by thousands of visitors to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center from October 2009 to July 2012, according to the plea she entered in federal court in Alexandria.

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