Uber Driver Kidnaps Hudson Valley Woman, Allegedly Fondles her
An Uber driver admitted he kidnapped a Hudson Valley woman. The woman claimed she was groped, kidnapped and overcharged.
In White Plains Federal Court, 25-year-old Harbir Parmar of Queens was sentenced to three years in prison for kidnapping and wire fraud. He was also ordered to pay $3,642 in restitution and forfeiture.
“Many people rely on rideshare apps to navigate New York safely. But when a woman hailed an ridesharing car driven by Harbir Parmar, her ride home took a turn for the worst. With Parmar’s lengthy prison term, he will no longer be able to take advantage of ridesharing customers," U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said.
On February 21, 2018, around 11:30 a.m., a woman ordered an Uber to pick her up in New York City and take her to her home in White Plains.
Parmar, a licensed Uber driver, picked up the Hudson Valley woman. During the drive, the woman fell asleep and Parmar changed the woman's destination to Boston, MA, according to the indictment.
When the White Plains woman woke up, the car was on the side of the road and Parmar was in the back seat with her with his hand under her shirt touching her breast, officials say.
After the woman woke, Parmar jumped back into the front seat and continued driving. The woman requested to be taken to White Plains police, but Parmar allegedly refused.
Instead, the Uber driver is accused of dropping off the woman on the side of I-95 in Branford, C.T.
The New York Post reported, Parmar charged the woman over $1,000 for the trip she never requested, leaving her stranded in Connecticut.
In addition, for over two years, Parmar sent false information about customers destinations on at least 11 occasions and sent a false cleaning fee for at least three Uber customers, resulting in customers being overcharged over $3,600, officials say.
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