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.READ MORE: Stimulus Check Update: When Could Another Economic Relief Payment Arrive?
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.READ MORE: Wife Of Top Cuomo Aide Shows Support On Social Media For Governor's Latest Sexual Harassment Accuser
Fourteen others were charged with misdemeanors. The status of those cases isn’t immediately available.
Drivers said some seeming overcharges were honest mistakes.MORE NEWS: Road To Reopening: Prudential Center Set To Welcome Fans Back For Devils-Islanders Game
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