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Fugitive Cab Driver Accused In Overcharging Scheme Extradited From Mo. To NYC

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) – A cabbie accused in an overcharging scheme has been tracked down to face justice.

Wasim Cheema is accused of charging 2,500 riders twice what they should have paid. That’s why he’s been extradited to New York from Kansas City, Missouri. 

“It’s not fair, it’s against the law, it’s fraud” Department of Investigation Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell. Gill Hearn says Cheema overcharged passengers more than $11,000.

WCBS 880′s Peter Haskell reports: Cabbie Accused Of Overcharging Customers


Cheema’s taxi driver’s license was revoked last year after investigators accused him of scamming passengers by setting his meter at the rate drivers can use for trips to the suburbs, which is double the city rate.

He’s one of 59 cabbies who face charges. Forty-five have pleaded guilty so far.

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