Queens DA: LI cabbie faked Access-A-Ride trips, made nearly $70,000

A Freeport taxi driver sued the Access-A-Ride service in New York City by making false claims for nearly $70,000 in fees using a ride-hail app, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office .

The cab driver, James Laverty, 72, is charged with grand theft and other crimes in connection with his claim that he drove 661 times with the same woman between September 2020 and February, the office said in a press release, stating that he had used the Curb app. used.

In fact, according to the office, he had only picked her up twice. The other times, there was no one in his taxi, a yellow wheelchair-accessible vehicle, except him.

Laverty could not be reached for comment. He is being represented by the Legal Aid Society of New York, which could not be reached for comment.

Details of how the scam would have worked and how he was caught were not disclosed in the press release, which said the inspector general of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority was involved in the investigation.

Laverty was arraigned Thursday and released without bail. The case returns to court on December 9.

Access-A-Ride, a paratransit service, provides transportation to people with disabilities or other mobility issues.


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