NEW YORK (PIX11) – The largest taxi fleet owner in New York was slapped with a $1.2 million penalty Thursday after years of cheating his drivers, the result of an investigation by the Attorney General’s office in conjunction with the Taxi & Limousine Commission.
Under TLC rules, there is a cap for what fleet owners can charge drivers who essentially rent the vehicle and medallion per shift. Documents released Thursday name fleet owner Evgeny Freidman, the owner of nearly 900 medallions, who exceeded those charges by imposing surcharges on drivers.
Freidman has agreed to pay the penalty of which nearly $750,000 will be returned to drivers he overcharged. A TLC official tells PIX11 News up to 1,500 drivers may have been cheated out of pay.