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Dispatcher charged with taking cash

on May 12, 2014 10:25 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An emergency police dispatcher in Philadelphia is facing federal charges stemming from allegations that she took bribes from tow truck operators and in exchange provided crash locations and other information.

FBI and Philadelphia police investigators said Friday that civilian police dispatcher Dorian Parsley took cash bribes of $100 to $200 a week from three tow truck operators.

Federal prosecutor Jennifer Chun Barry said Parsley circumvented the rotational tow program by texting locations of accidents or abandoned cars to the operators who paid bribes.

Police said Parsley is being suspended with intent to dismiss. The three tow truck operators are also facing charges.

Attorneys for Parsley and other defendants said they plan to plead not guilty.

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