How an NYC Taxi Driver Pocketed $28k in Unpaid Tolls
Times are tough and every paycheck counts, so pinching pennies here and there is a reality for many Americans. Though while most people cut them from their grocery or heating bills, one New York City cab driver cut them from his tolls. Everyday. For nearly two years. Unsurprisingly, he was caught. Rodolfo Sanchez, 69, was charged with grand larceny, theft of service, and criminal possession of stolen property after he reportedly pocketed $28,000 worth of unpaid tolls from August 2012 to April 2014. He skirted the fees by “piggybacking” on the toll-paying driver in front of him and scooting through the gate at the last minute. It’s a scheme that many commuters have attempted once or twice, but so far no one has ever been caught with this many freebies. PHOTOS: Check out NYC's 2014 Nissan NV200 Taxi
Interestingly, the most bizarre part of the story stems from how Sanchez was caught. He kept a disused E-ZPass on his dashboard to avert suspicion – all NYC taxi drivers are required to – but all the while it tracked his movements into and out of the city. Authorities traced the E-ZPass to 1,061 passes over the bridge and 3,071 times through the tunnel.
When asked by police as to why he was cheating the system, he reportedly said “I needed the money for my family.” Admirable, but now this modern day Robin Hood will be looking at the inside of a jail cell rather than the inside of the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, at least in the foreseeable future.
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