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New York City investigators say several taxi drivers have confessed to defrauding passengers through overcharging.

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The city’s Department of Investigation (DOI) states that drivers will charge more than passengers with non-existent tolls and/or increased toll charges.

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Four current and two former taxi drivers have pleaded guilty to felony charges. The seventh driver, identified as Ayman Abdullah, 51, of Elmhurst, will return to court next month. He is accused of taking more money from more than 100 passengers.

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The DOI began its investigation of toll fraud in the city’s taxicab industry after receiving allegations of misconduct in relation to a taxicab driver, and then investigated in partnership with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

The investigation involved analysis of driver information, GPS data and trip data from TLC, and included identifying suspicious toll charges, reviewing maps developed from GPS records of cabs driven by drivers, creating maps for each suspicious trip and each investigation was involved. Check whether the appropriate toll amount was collected.

The following six persons pleaded guilty on Friday, November 19, 2021:

• Arifuzman, MD, Flushing, 34, was charged with overcharging by approximately 620 customers for non-existent tolls and/or increasing toll charges for trips with tolls between July 4, 2015 and March 18, 2017. The total in between overcharges was approximately $4,539.

• Yevgeny Ostrov, 60, of Brooklyn, was charged between July 1, 2015 and January 15, 2016 of overcharging nearly 600 passengers for non-existent tolls and/or raising toll charges for trips with tolls, totaling In total it was about $2,151. TLC’s case relating to this fraud case resulted in the cancellation of the Respondent’s TLC license.

• Mandeep Singh, 31, of Jamaica, was charged with overcharging by approximately 153 passengers for non-existent tolls and/or increasing toll charges for trips with tolls, which occurred between October 24, 2015 and March 15, 2017. There was approximately $1,350 in overcharge between

• Anverkerimov, 62, of Staten Island, was charged with overcharging by approximately 116 passengers for non-existent tolls and/or raising toll fees for trips with tolls, approximately between July 26, 2015 and February 7, 2017. Total about $1,270 in beach overcharges.

• MOATAZ ATTIA, 44, of Queens, was charged with overcharging by approximately 330 passengers for non-existent tolls and/or increasing toll charges for trips with tolls, which occurred between July 4, 2015 and January 25, 2017. There was approximately $1,256 in beach overcharges.

• ALY EL-DOKSH, 48, of Bethpage was charged with overcharging by approximately 242 passengers for non-existent tolls and/or raising toll charges for trips with tolls, approximately as of July 1, 2015 and March 17 Total approximately $1,076 in overcharges between 2017. According to TLC, this defendant failed to renew his TLC license.