Six Cabbies Busted for Ripping Off Passengers

Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010  |  Updated 1:35 PM EDT
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Six Cabbies Busted for Ripping Off Passengers

From top left, clock wise: Ahmed Sheikh, Zoha Kazi, Michael John, Kostas Goulas, Michaud Frantz and Brahim Marrakchi.

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Remember when the Taxi and Limousine Commission said that hundreds of cabbies have been ripping off passengers?

Now, city judges have ruled in the first wave of cases, as six of the worst offenders were slapped with $850 fines, and had their licenses revoked.

The drivers were found to have been charging double-fare suburban rates while ferrying passengers within the city.

The worst of the schemers was cabbie Michael John, who pulled the scam a whopping 570 times between 2008 and 2010.

Earlier this year, the TLC said that more than 600 drivers could lose their licenses due to the dirty double-fare trick.
 

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