EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 19, 2013

Lantigua campaign worker indicted on parking lot larceny charges

By Jill Harmacinski

---- — LAWRENCE - Justo Garcia, a city parking lot attendant and campaign photographer for Mayor William Lantigua, has been indicted by Essex County Grand jury on larceny and related charges.

Garcia, 60, was arrested and charged in June with stealing from the city-owned Museum Square parking garage where he worked. And for also submitting fraudulent receipts for money he charged for parking passes and faking his time card to say he was working when he was actually performing campaign work for Lantigua.

A grand jury indictment means Garcia's case now moves from Lawrence District Court to the Superior Court, where the penalties he faces if convicted are more severe.

Garcia's attorney Sal Tabit declined comment today. He previously said his client "absolutely" maintains his innocence.

Last spring, Garcia was arrested after an investigation that involved undercover agents, marked bills, a hidden camera at the garage and around the clock surveillance.

A full report on the indictments will appear in tomorrow's Eagle-Tribune and on eagletribune.com.

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