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Posted at 6:04 PM ET, 01/31/2011

Guilty pleas in NYC taxi scam

By Associated Press

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.

By Associated Press  | January 31, 2011; 6:04 PM ET
 
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Some years ago, a cab charged me much more than usual on a late-night trip home from the office.

I complained to the TLC, and a couple months later, I got a letter advising that the cabbie had been investigated and fined - and three really tattered singles stapled to it.

Posted by: Itzajob | January 31, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse

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