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Former manager of city parking garages pleads guilty to pocketing $250K

Gale Bracey Gale Bracey

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The former manager of two city parking garages in Downtown Honolulu will no longer fight charges that she stole about $250,000 in parking fees over a two-and-a-half year period. Gale Bracey pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree theft and two counts of money laundering Thursday.

Republic Parking Northwest and Standard Parking Corporation had contracts with the city. Bracey worked for the two companies at separate times and oversaw the Hale Pauahi and Kukui Plaza parking garages.

Prosecutors say Bracey stole in excess of $90,000 in monthly parking fees while working for Republic Parking Northwest between 2004 and 2006. She was terminated from that company, but was later hired by Standard Parking Corporation.

While working for Standard in 2006 and 2007, prosecutors say Bracey pocketed $160,000.

The defendant is asking for a deferral, which means she could keep the crime off her record if she stays out of further trouble. Circuit Judge Randal Lee will rule on her request August 3rd.

Under a plea deal, prosecutors will request a sentence of probation and no prison time. They say part of the problem was a lack of internal controls and oversight by the city.

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