Punjab-origin Uber driver gets 3-yr jail on kidnapping charges

Saturday, 29/06/2019


NEW YORK: A Punjab-origin Uber driver has been sentenced to three years in prison, ordered to pay over 3,000 dollars (over ₹2 lakh) as penalty for kidnapping one of his female passengers and dropping her off on an isolated highway.

Harbir Parmar, 25, of New York had pleaded guilty in March this year before US district judge Vincent Briccetti, who imposed three-year sentence on charges of kidnapping and wire fraud. Parmar was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay USD 3,642 in restitution and forfeiture.

In February 2018, Parmar picked up the female passenger in New York who sought to be driven to White Plains, a suburb of New York City. After the passenger fell asleep in the backseat, Parmar changed the passenger’s destination in Uber’s mobile application to an address in Boston, Massachusetts, and proceeded to drive toward that location. When the passenger awoke, the vehicle was in Connecticut. She requested that she be taken to White Plains or to the police station, but Parmar refused. He instead dropped the passenger off on the side of a highway in Connecticut. She then went to a nearby convenience store where she sought assistance.

From December 2016 through February 2018, Parmar sent false information about the destinations of customers through the company’s mobile application on several occasions. At times, he also sent false information about the application of a cleaning fee to be applied to the accounts of Uber’s customers.

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