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9-1-1 Dispatcher Accused Of Taking Tow Truck Drivers' Bribes

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Officers arrested 44-year old Dorian Parsley, a 16 year veteran dispatcher for the Philadelphia Police Department. Officers arrested 44-year old Dorian Parsley, a 16 year veteran dispatcher for the Philadelphia Police Department.
PHILADELPHIA -

A Philadelphia police dispatcher in big trouble, accused of taking bribes from tow truck drivers.

Investigators are calling this a "bribery conspiracy," FOX 29's Dave Schratwieser reports.

Police investigators and the FBI said Friday that this corrupt scheme got its start on the second floor at Philadelphia Police Headquarters in the radio room, where the dispatcher is accused of leaking confidential information in return for cash.

Dorian Parsley, 44, worked in the police radio room for 16 years, dispatching police to crime scenes and car wrecks.

But now she's charged with lining her own pockets by slipping inside information on car crash locations to K&B Autocraft Collision Repair, a local towing company, in return for cash.

"She would do this for them in exchange for cash bribe payments of about $100 to $200 a week," Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Chun Barry said.

Parsley and William Cheeseman, the owner of K&B on Kinsey Street, are charged along with two tow truck operators with conspiring to circumvent the city's rotational towing program. That was designed to spread tow work around, stop so-called "wreck-chasing" and protect car crash victims for getting gouged on towing costs.

The feds say that when a crash was reported to 9-1-1 dispatchers at police headquarters, Parlsey would use her cell to transmit crash locations to Cheeseman.

"Obviously, that was to the advantage of the tow truck operators," Barry said.

"It doesn't make any sense, I mean, to have 16 years on the job and do something like this. Poor decision-making," said Philadelphia police Lt. John Stanford.

Area tow truck operators say the charges prove the system is broken.

"The system's bad. It's no good for anybody," one of them said.

The gates were locked and no one would speak to us at K&B on Friday after the federal grand jury hand up a nine-count indictment that could put Parsley and the others behind bars for five to 75 years.

"The commissioner has made the decision to suspend this dispatcher for 30 days with intent to dismiss," Stanford said.

Parsley is also charged with using the department's National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database to look up information for the towing company on drivers and car crash victims.

"It hurts our business because now everybody thinks that everybody's doing what one other person is doing, and it's not like that," a tow truck driver told FOX 29 News.

Parsley and the three others will surrender to federal authorities next week. Coming up at six, find out how the dispatcher would allegedly transmit information to the tow truck operators, and how she would get paid off.

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