Westside parking lot operator charged with bilking VA out of $11 million


A Santa Monica parking lot mogul was arrested Wednesday and charged with bilking the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs out of $11 million in a bribery scheme centered on leases at its Los Angeles campuses.

Richard Scott, 58, owner of Westside Services, is accused in a federal complaint of keeping two sets of books to hide under-reporting of revenue and over-reporting of expenses at several lots he operated, primarily at the VA’s 387-acre West Los Angeles campus. The alleged scam allowed him to skim $11 million from the VA, authorities said Wednesday.

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