Jeffrey Daday, 36, a Mount Kisco parking cop, is no “nickel and dimer.” No he is a quarter man. On Tuesday, Daday admitted Tuesday that he stole more than $89,000 in quarters during a span of about five years. That is a total of about 365,000 quarters.
There are two aspects about this story that struck me as particularly notable beyond the obvious. First, Daday appears to have been depositing these money directly into his bank account. That would seem pretty reckless since his account would show a huge amount of money that is not accounted for in his low-level municipal job. Given the missing quarters, it was likely that some investigation would occur and the first place that they would look would be the bank accounts of employees.
Second, his thefts from 2009 to 2014, is not the first such crime in Mount Kisco. In 2005 Jason Berke, a former parking meter supervisor, pleaded guilty to stealing $30,000 worth of coins from meters, admitting that he took about $1,000 a week.
Finally, here is the real shocker, according to the article below, the quarters would allow for 5.2 million minutes of parking time but then added that the close to $90,000 would also pay for “8 months worth of parking in the village.” That was meant to show how much was stolen but it is astonishing that almost $100,000 would be needed to park for less than a year in Westchester County.
Daday now faces up to 15 years in prison. His predecessor however received only five years.