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Sandro Rosell
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Sunday, August 20, 2017

The infamous “Taxi King” Gene Freidman, 46, was arrested at his home in Manhattan on charges where he has scammed New York State out of millions of dollars in taxi surcharges authorities said Wednesday, reports The New York Post.

According to The Post, Freidman, who has been subject to a slew of criminal charges, civil suits, and professional penalties over the past two years, has been indicted and was presented last Wednesday in Albany to face four counts of criminal tax fraud in the first degree and one count of first-degree grand larceny, said a spokesman for state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Each charge carries a maximum sentence of  8 1/3 to 25 years in prison, reports The Post.

According to The Post, Freidman had failed to hand over more than $5 million that he collected in 50 cent surcharges on cab rides which were supposed to go to the state in order to help pay for the MTA, said Schneiderman.

“The ‘Taxi King’ built his empire by stealing from New Yorkers – pocketing money that should have instead been invested in our transportation system,” said Schneiderman.“No one is above the law, and my office will use every tool available to hold accountable those who cheat the system.”

Polices busted into Freidman’s home in the Upper East Side on Tuesday and they then took him upstate last Wednesday to face his charges, says The Post.

According to Sunnyside Post, Freidman is the CEO of Taxiclub Management, a company with a fleet of more than 800 medallion taxi cabs with locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Woodside and Long Island City.

Freidman had avoided paying the surcharge by failing to file tax returns or filing falsified returns which under-reported the actual number of taxable rides, reports Sunnyside Post.

“This indictment exposes a blatant scheme to short-change the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the transportation infrastructure relied on by millions of New Yorkers,” said Acting Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Nonie Manion.“Hundreds of honest taxi drivers did their part in collecting the proper fare, however Mr. Freidman and his business partner are accused of manipulating tax filings to put this money right into their own pockets.”

Earlier this year, the Taxi & Limousine Commission took away Freidman’s cab management licenses and he lost dozens of the cabs he had owned to bankruptcy, but he still has owns a few dozen, reports The Post.

According to The Post, Freidman, who has previously chosen to represent himself in court cases, is in police custody and could not be reached for comment.

By: Gene Wilkenson