DA: Dozens Of Guilty Pleas So Far In NYC Taxi Scam

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say 26 New York City taxi drivers have pleaded guilty to felony charges after a broad probe last year into a fare-boosting scam.

The Manhattan district attorney’s office compiled the numbers after the latest guilty plea from a driver Monday. More than a dozen other cases remain open.

Forty-five cabbies were charged with felonies in September. Authorities said the drivers repeatedly bumped their meters up to a higher suburban fare rate when they actually were in the city.

Prosecutors said the drivers together stole more than $235,000 during about 77,000 taxi trips.

Fourteen others were charged with misdemeanors. The status of those cases isn’t immediately available.

Drivers said some seeming overcharges were honest mistakes.

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  • Fred

    Air fresheners.

  • C.J.

    Maybe these drivers needed the extra few bucks for soap and deodorant.

  • Chris

    Man, these guys really must be a menace to society and obviously must be prosecuted. With over $235,000 overcharged for over 77,000 taxi rides, they were riping people off for $3 dollars. How could they?!? They are really trying to make this sound bigger than it is.

    • Brucie

      I agree. This is just sensationalization of nothing. A cabbie doing this once or twice in a year could be honest mistakes. Those that do this repeatedly are the ones that should be prosecuted, and are probably the ones pleading guilty.

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