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Six arrested in city tow pound scheme


December 22, 2008

On December 18, the PBP Auto Squad concluded a four month investigation into the City Tow Pound auction for impounded vehicles.

Auto Squad detectives were investigating multiple complaints from other people attending the auctions of discrepancies relating to the sale price of auctioned vehicles. Through continued investigation, detectives identified a City of Pittsburgh employee working out of the Controllers Office who was falsely recording final bid amounts for the purchase of vehicles. The employee altered the bids for certain individuals who were known to him. Following the arrest, detectives learned that the employee has received an undisclosed amount of cash payment in exchange for altering the bids. The monetary loss for the City of Pittsburgh exceeds $17,500.

The detectives have arrested six actors associated with this scam: Michael T. Livingstone, 35, from Mount Washington. He is employed by the Office of City Controller as a fiscal auditor; Donald Matthew Tollan, 56, from Esplen; Donald Matthew Tollan, Jr., 38, from McKees Rocks; Sean Matthew Tollan, 28, from McKees Rocks; Donald Mathias Tollan, 29, from Esplen; and Edward Freiberger, 32, from McKees Rocks.

The actors were arrested, arraigned and have all posted bond. All will be charged with Criminal Conspiracy and Theft by Deception.

Mr. Livingstone will be charged with 22 counts of misapplication of entrusted property and property of government or financial institutions.


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