- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Aspen police are investigating the theft of about $600,000 in parking related services from the city over the past few years.

The Aspen Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1mtmZBV ) for at least two years the city’s downtown meters have been susceptible to a scam whereby a user could pay for parking with a zeroed-out prepaid debit card. The city has estimated average losses from the scam at $56,000 a month so far this year.

City Manager Steve Barwick says the city has lost about $600,000 since 2012, and Aspen is planning to install new parking meters in November that shouldn’t be vulnerable to the scam.

The outgoing meters processed all credit card payments at the end of the day and apparently weren’t able to stop the maxed-out cards from being used at the point of sale.

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Information from: Aspen Daily News, http://www.aspendailynews.com

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