A pack of federal agents stormed downtown Portland's parking offices this morning to investigate parking manager Ellis McCoy's work with the city parking contractors. FBI and Internal Revenue Service joined forces to deliver a subpoena requesting city transportation records without warning. Along with his office, the federal agency duo raided McCoy's Hillsboro home.
This investigation seems to be linked to McCoy's past relationship with George Levey, executive officer of Cale Parking Systems USA Inc., the contractor providing Portland's SmartMeter parking meters. Over the past years, coworkers accused McCoy for accepting bribes from Levey, leading to a 2008 city investigation. Another group of agents are searching the Tampa-based Cale Parking Systems office today.
Mayor Sam Adams announces that McCoy will be placed on paid administrative leave immediately.