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NYC Cabbie Accused Of Sneaking Past Bridge Toll 3,000 Times

A New York City Cab Driver is charged with grand larceny and theft of services after allegedly sneaking onto a toll bridge without paying more than 3,000 times.
Posted at 8:27 AM, Apr 19, 2014

A New York City cab driver is facing criminal charges after prosecutors say he snuck past toll booths on the Robert F. Kennedy bridge more than 3,000 times.

The Queens District Attorney’s office alleges Rodolfo Sanchez tailgated other, paying drivers as they entered the bridge so he could pass the toll plaza before the gates dropped.

According to WCBS, Sanchez snuck onto the bridge from August 2012 to April 2014. He ducked a total of more than $28,240 in toll payments. (Via YouTube / WC Westwood)

“Sanchez says he did it to save money for his family. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.” (Via WABC)

The New York Times explains investigators discovered Sanchez thanks to an expired E-ZPass transmitter in his cab.

Authorities matched the tracking data from the transmitter to video footage of taxi cabs ducking tolls, and to cab company records of when Sanchez was driving.

“He is charged with grand larceny, theft of services and criminal possession of stolen property.” (Via MSNBC)

Sanchez was arraigned Thursday and released on bond. His next court date is May 22.