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Taxi Drivers Suspected of Overcharging Extradited to New York

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

BBC

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.

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