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Parking attendant gets 40 months in $1.4 million theft scheme
The last of three Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center parking attendants convicted of stealing $1.4 million in visitor-parking fees was sentenced today to more than three years in prison.
Abeselom Hailemariam, 33, of Alexandria, was sentenced to 40 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay approximately $1.4 million in restitution for his role in a conspiracy to steal the same amount in visitor-parking fees from the Smithsonian Institution museum in Chantilly.
U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III handed down the sentence.
Hailemariam pleaded guilty on April 19 to conspiracy to commit theft of public money. He's the third person to be sentenced for participating in the scheme.
Meseret Terefe, 37, of Silver Spring, Md. and Freweyni Mebrahtu, 46, of Sterling, have been sentenced to 20 months and 27 months in prison, respectively, for their roles in the thefts.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office from March 2009 to August 2012, Hailemariam was a full-time location manager for Parking Management Inc. (“PMI”), a D.C. based firm which held a contract with the Smithsonian to manage its 2,000-vehicle parking lot.
Very sad! A number of our people in DC area find stealing from the “them” white folks a normal thing and even brag about it openly. Stealing is stealing, whom ever you steal it from. One gets laughed at when talking about honest living. What a shame!
Wow!!! Wow!!!! Brothers and sisters they got you real bad this time. I hope you learn your lesson form the capitalist system. There are a lot of evil things around people. By the way stealing is not started by you, you are just a small fish got caught red handed but there are a lot of big fishes stealing every day and night in a large scale. That includes all crony politicians, administrators, diplomat, judges, high government officials etc. That is how this system is built with trial and error. Some get caught; some play it good, some will be caught in the future so on and so on. Anyways, I wish you forgiveness from Almighty GOD and once you finish your prison time you should go home to TSBEL holy water places and enjoy your mother land for the rest of your life because you will be limited with opportunities and resources in the US cause of your criminal record. That is my recommendation.
America despite all the criticism it receives, is still the land of endless opportunities as millions of people from the four corners of the world would love to make this country their home. But few stupid folks like the ones in this story blinded by greed and lack of self-determination squander this privilege of golden opportunity for a life time of shame and guilt. What is more sad is that people in this and other large cities where cash is the main vehicle of business will continue to steal and cheat in their mistaken belief of “it won’t happen to me”. Yea, it won’t happen to you; that was also what these idiots thought.
Let justice be served.
This is my observation though.
Why does the news location get mentioned as Ethiopia or Addis Ababa as if it happened there? I don’t believe this or other kind of news to be attached in any case to the country of origin. If the location is needed to be mentioned, it must be the place where the event or news took place NOT the place of birth/origin of an individual.This type of news broadcasting is nothing less than race profiling. It gotta be corrected. Thank you.
You are not alone, almost everybody a cheater
it is I think some of us are weak, greedy, lazy that
we want to get rich in a short cut.
to those Ethiopians no in person, we will pray for you and
you have to repent your sins. Ask Our Lord
for givens he is always ther for us Amen
Bitweded u r funny man. Just coz ppl wanna come 2 US, it doesn’t mean u live a good life. Ur life stl sucks man. Just keep convincing ur self u live a good life aight.
Bitweded, What a comment!! I honestly believe America remains the best country to live in and, like you rightfully put it, the land of endless opportunities.
Dave1992, I sense that you have a miserable life in America. So, why don’t you go to Iran and join Ahmadinajad?
To Warrior…You are too funny! Do u really think they will want to stay in the US after their release from Prison??? Of course, they will BEG to return to Ethiopia after their short stint in a US prison. They say it is pure hell.
To Bitweded…only people who are poor in their countries come to US to live, the rich ones don’t coz they have no reason. Don’t be dedeb, nuro/keber bager becha newe, eshi?
Bitweded & Dallas…whuletachewhum fogari nachehu! Yeferenj terefrafi sera eyesserachehu, beferenj eyetenakachehu newe yemetenorut. Ferenjoch aynegrwachehum, gen betam yenekwachehual tinish sera seletekebelachehu. In case u don’t know, they call it voluntary slavery!
Dear Dave 1992:
Thank you for your comment and for expressing your life experience from your perspective. Sorry if your expectation was a silver platter as soon as you landed to America. Good old hard work, honesty and persistency hold the prize for the Promised Land even though from your writing, they don’t seem to be part of your value system. A prosperous and joyous life is a pigment of one’s imagination as long as one is trapped in the vicious cycle of self-pity and apathy. Breaking out of this vicious cycle and giving hard work a chance will enable you to see and experience the true meaning of life well lived. Give it a try, you will not be disappointed.
Bitweded you put it rihgt away.
Atnafu and Feet Awraree:
I wish you well living in your self-made prison of fear, hate, and jealousy so you can always use the white folks, the system, bad luck or even God as a scapegoat for your misery and failure. This is the easiest thing to do in the warm shelter of imaginary prison that chains you rather than to break out of it and free yourself into the land of opportunities and freedom. So long….
I live in Canada where more or less similar system is operating in the economic, social and political sphere. When we say Land of Opportunity, unless we first agree on the relative and absolute definition of Opportunity, I would prefer to say nobody is right or wrong in all the comments related to Land of Opportunity.
Typical Ethiopian behavior siltan siyagegnu.
To Bitweded…As stated before, the US only attracts the poor of the world, not the rich ones. The poor are desperate so they come to “land of opportunity” and “freedom” and do all low-paying jobs. So unless one is desperate, they do not leave their own countries, own cultures and familiar surroundings to come to America to live sad lives like many do currently. yasazenal!
Well, it is very unfortunate that people feel the need to resort to theft to live well. That said, if people are stupid enough to live with bad conscious, fear while stealing Good luck to them! Be prepared to pay the price coz one day, you will be caught!
As for land of opportunity, well, I believe “home is where you make it". If you have what it takes, you will make it anywhere NOT just in the USA, though USA as a large, diverse and well developed nation, it offers wider range of opportunities to those who are determined enough to get it. Land of opportunity requires determination, hard work and knowing exactly what you want. No land is a land of honey and milk, all requires great effort or special kindda quick thinking brain that can think of short cuts, other ways to make money. If you are a lazy type, who don’t try much then you will fail anywhere…
Hummm by the way, where did all the TPLF cadres who were insulting their fellow Ethiopians as Parking lot attendants disappear to on this thread? Could it be the fact that the names of these thieves resembles their own?
Very good point and I feel like we are now getting somewhere. Can you please explain what Land of Opportunities means to you?
To Feet Awraree:
I agree with you on one point. It is true that it is mostly the poor who come to America for a better life because of limited or nonexistent opportunities in their country of birth. A little bit of history would also be a help here. The pioneers or early settlers of America were also poor, hungry and destitute when they came here in search of economic, political and religious freedom in the new land. It was not a land flowing with milk and honey or a cakewalk for them. They labored day and night to change their destiny. In fact, we the recent immigrants in some ways have it better than the early settlers.
I am not oblivious of the troubles new immigrants face in this country by way of discrimination and ill-treatment. Having lived here in the US for close to 40 years, I have personally experienced like many immigrants discrimination, name calling, isolation, you name it, so I know and I get it. Does this mean we must give up and settle for a low life because of the troubles we face? Absolutely not! Each day is a new day, a new challenge, and those who choose to accept the challenge with determination and hard work are the ones who are rewarded with a better life than the life they left in their home country.
So let’s face it. Life is hard whichever country one lives in, but playing victim of circumstances is just not the ticket for a better life.
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