NYC airport hustler pleads guilty in fare flap

AP News
Posted: May 08, 2012 2:46 PM
NYC airport hustler pleads guilty in fare flap

A hustler cabbie accused of preying on arriving passengers at New York's Kennedy Airport has pleaded guilty to unlawful imprisonment in a fare gone awry.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says Tuesday that driver Bhupinder Singh (boo-PIHN'-dur sing) is facing six months in jail.

On Feb. 12, two officers spotted a family of four from Panama getting into a gypsy cab. They recognized the driver as a hustler who charges sky-high rates for a ride into Manhattan. The officers tried to warn the passengers, but the driver locked the doors and took off, then got into a car crash.

The two adult passengers were treated for bumps and bruises.

Brown says it's important that tourists are treated fairly. More than 70 million passengers travel through New York City airports annually.