A traffic jam of cabbies was herded into a Manhattan courtroom yesterday to face charges of cheating some 77,000 riders in the most “widespread con operation” in the industry’s history.
District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. hit 45 of them with the felony charge of scheming to defraud by charging the double-rate suburban fare for rides within the city — punishable by up to four years in prison.
Yesterday’s round-up began when drivers were lured into appearing at TLC headquarters at 40 Rector Street at 8 a.m. yesterday — until then, 31 had still been on the road. All 59 drivers knew they had been implicated in the overcharge scam, but the letter they received said they were there for “settlement conferences.”
When they arrived, authorities ushered them into a room, told them to stand against the wall, and arrested them. 🙂 “It’s not fair. It was tricky,” said Hassan Chowdhury, who allegedly stole nearly $6,000 by hitting the Rate 4 button 3,126 times. tricky? “I would expect this from a Third World country, but not from a civilized country like this,” he fumed. that’s funny.
read full story in the ny post
“Trickery and treachery are the practices of fools that have not the wits enought to be honest”
– Benjamin Franklin