Lawrence financial overseer launches review of missing parking garage funds

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The state official who oversees the city of Lawrence’s finances has launched a review of the operations of the city’s parking garages and lots after the Globe reported that the FBI is investigating a mysterious drop in parking revenues in recent months.

“The city cannot tolerate the loss of any potential revenue,” fiscal overseer Robert G. Nunes wrote to Mayor William Lantigua. “Therefore, it is imperative that a full, top-to-bottom examination of internal controls, policies, procedures, and protocols for the collection and handling of funds at all city-owned parking lots and garages takes place immediately.”

The FBI began investigating earlier this year after officials noticed that revenues from monthly passes at the Museum Square garage were steadily dipping, by thousands of dollars a month. Investigators have zeroed in on Justo Garcia, the garage’s office manager, who is also Lantigua’s campaign photographer and a former State House aide.

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