Taxi Drivers Suspected of Overcharging Extradited to New York

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


The city has extradited two former taxi drivers accused of intentionally overcharging passengers by illegally setting their meters to an out of town rate.

On Tuesday, city investigators extradited Wasim Khalid Cheema from Kansas City, Missouri, on charges of scheming to defraud more than $11,000 from 2,500 hundred riders. Cheema is believed to be one of the worst offenders in the continuing probe by the Department of Investigation.

Another alleged fugitive driver was picked up last week in Miami when he was trying to board a plane to Peru. Frank Esteves is accused of overcharging more than 700 passengers. He was released on $2,500 bail and due back in court later this week.

To date, 45 drivers out of the 59 investigated by DOI have pleaded guilty in the fraud scheme discovered by the city last year.


More in:

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.


Latest Newscast




WNYC is supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation: Because a great city needs an informed and engaged public


Supported by