BURBANK - A 53-year-old man who works for a graffiti removal company under contract to the city of Burbank is facing possible vandalism, burglary, and forgery charges today for allegedly making work for himself.
Enrique Medrano, 53, was arrested Thursday, Burbank police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said.
His employer, Graffiti Protective Coatings Inc., is paid about $100,000 per year to cover tagging-prone surfaces with a protective coating that eases graffiti removal, according to Burbank city spokesman Drew Sugars.
Medrano's alleged tagging began in September, Sugars said.
"Medrano was employed by a graffiti-removal company, contracted by the city of Burbank, and was assigned to clean and remove graffiti in city parks, alleys, and other public areas," Ryburn said.
"Over the course of the investigation, Medrano was involved in applying over 100 graffiti tags in the city, removing the same graffiti he applied, and subsequently submitting fraudulent billings to the city for work performed," Ryburn said.
The fraudulent billings totaled more than $2,200, Ryburn said.
Medrano was fired, according to Carla Lenhoff, president of Graffiti Protective Coatings, who said the city won't have to pay for the fraudulent bills.
Medrano was free on $20,000 bail, pending arraignment.