Confusion between the parking and finance departments allowed a large-scale parking scam to go unnoticed since 2012, according to City Manager Steve Barwick.
Speaking at Monday’s Aspen City Council meeting, he added that a full police investigation is underway into an ongoing issue with maxed-out, prepaid debit cards that are being used to procure free parking over the last few years.
Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo went back to being a detective in recent days as he tried to figure out who to bill for the expenses his department incurred during Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to Aspen over the weekend.
He initially believed that it was Forstmann Little & Co. that was behind the multi-day event, as the private equity firm had done for years before the death of principle Ted Forstmann in 2011. A company official, however, said Monday that Forstmann Little no longer organizes its Aspen event.