Ex-parking authority director: Problems preceded his tenure

Reimundo Encarnación responds to forensic audit

Video report by WFMZ's Tom Rader

READING, Pa. - Reimundo Encarnación spent a year-and-a-half as executive director of the Reading Parking Authority before he resigned in August.

During that time, he said, he inherited millions of dollars in debt and an already broken system.

According to Encarnación, he and his staff did everything they could to correct issues, but following a recent forensic audit, he said he feels as though he's being blamed for those issues.

"During this time-frame, I experienced and witnessed various discrepancies that I tried to correct, with the approval of the mayor," Encarnación said.

He shared his side during a news conferene at Mi Casa Su Casa in Reading on Monday, and again at the City Council meeting. He said he raised the issues brought to light in the audit, long before its release.

"The mayor, City Council and the board were well aware of these issues, as well as our financial debt responsibilities," he said.

Mayor Wally Scott responded to Encarnacion's comments during the meeting, and again as he was leaving.

"I was probably a little disappointed with the forensic audit that came out because the majority of it was during Rei's administration, and he was here with what he had to work with, from the previous administration," Scott said.

The audit revealed $30 million in debt, including $2 million from unpaid parking tickets.

A former co-worker of Encarnacion's, former parking enforcement officer Felix Freytiz, said they wanted to tell their side of the story, and they said that they do not expect to face any charges following the audit.

"Absolutely not," Freytiz said. "We have no worry whatsoever. None at all."

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