DA: Staten Island Cab Company "Bilked" Disabled Program

Richmond Management Services, which does business as Wadsworth Car Service, pleaded guilty

Thursday, Jan 12, 2012  |  Updated 4:13 PM EDT
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DA: Staten Island Cab Company "Bilked" Disabled Program

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The Staten Island district attorney says a cab company paid to transport disabled riders has pleaded guilty to grand larceny.

The plea was entered by Richmond Management Services, which does business as Wadsworth Car Service.

DA Daniel M. Donovan Jr. says the company got payment for $30,000 worth of fraudulent vouchers for the Access-a-Ride transit program.

Donovan says the company "shamefully bilked" a program that provides a valuable service for the disabled.

The company has to pay full restitution to the MTA. It also must forfeit any other transit funds to which it was entitled. That totals more than $200,000.

An investigation found that Wadsworth had customers sign multiple vouchers. It then submitted them with fake dates, times and destinations. The DA says some drivers also posed as customers.

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