Houston, Texas (KTRK) – A former Houston city employee is now in jail after being accused of a parking ticket scheme that would make her money.
While charges are still pending, 45-year-old Aisha Mercer was arrested on Wednesday over allegations that she tried to take advantage of people in a bad situation.
Officials believe Mercer encouraged parking violators to pay her directly via a third-party payment app, such as Zelle, over a six-month period in exchange for the wheel-locking shoes off. There have been multiple complaints.
Mercer resigned after an internal investigation was launched after receiving allegations from a customer, ParkHouston told ABC13. ParkHouston said it is cooperating fully with the Houston Police Department’s investigation.
ABC13 spoke with people outside the Municipal Courts Building on Wednesday night.
“On the plus side, which is wrong. You’re in a position of power, and you shouldn’t take advantage of that,” said Charles Torres.
“Shoot, if I’m in a tough spot, I’ll give her $100 to get her. I don’t agree with her, but if it’s more convenient, that’s what I’ll do,” James Glover bluntly said.
ParkHouston reminded customers that the only way to pay the shoe removal fee is to call the number listed on the sticker on your window. ParkHouston officers cannot take direct payments for citations or boot firings.
Read ParkHouston’s full statement below:
The former ParkHouston employee who was arrested by the Houston Police Department for allegedly directing parking violations to pay tolls to her personal account via a third-party payment app service is no longer operating in the City of Houston. The individual resigned from ParkHouston after an internal investigation was opened following allegations ParkHouston received from a customer.
Park Houston is cooperating fully with the Houston Police Department’s investigation. We have no additional information to share at this time.
Please be aware that if a wheel lock box has been placed on your vehicle through a parking app, the only way to pay for removal is to call the phone number listed on the sticker placed on your window. ParkHouston officers cannot receive direct payment for citations or boot firings. If you are not sure how to resolve the situation – call 311.
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