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Indian Uber Driver Sentenced To 3 Years For Dropping Passenger On An Isolated Highway

An Indian-origin Uber driver in the U.S have been sentenced to 3 years in jail for kidnapping one of his female passengers and dropping her off on an isolated highway.

25-years-old, Harbir Parmarof New York has been ordered to pay a penalty over $3,000 (more than 2 Lakh rupees).

The US District Judge Vincent Briccetti imposed three-year sentence on charges of kidnapping and wire fraud on Harbir after he had pled guilty in March this year.

In addition to the prison term, Parmar was sentenced to three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $ 3,642 in restitution and forfeiture.

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Geoffrey Berman said, “Many people rely on rideshare apps to navigate New York safely. But when a woman hailed the ridesharing car driven by 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.”

According to the indictment and statements made during the petition proceedings, in February 2018 Parmar, who worked as a driver for Uber, picked up the female passenger in New York.

The passenger soughed to be driven to a suburb of New York City, White Plains.

After the passenger fell asleep in the backseat of the vehicle, Parmar modified the passenger’s destination in Uber’s app to an address in Boston, Massachusetts, and continued to drive toward the location.

When the passenger awoke, the cab was in Connecticut. Instantly she requested that she should be taken to White Plains or to the police station, but Parmar refused.

Instead, Parmar dropped the passenger off on the side of a highway in Connecticut. She then went to a nearby convenience store where she sought assistance.

In these cases, Uber customers filed complaints about being  charged too much for their rides.

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