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New York City taxi driver Rodolfo Sanchez used an E-ZPass reported lost in 2011 and the close quarters that New Yorkers are used to, in order to save himself $28,000 in 18 months. During 1,061 crossings of the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge and 3,071 passages through the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, instead of paying the toll at the tollbooth, Sanchez would tailgate the vehicle in front of him and get past the barrier before it came down. He kept the E-ZPass in his car because every NYC taxi driver is obligated to have one.

Turns out the transponder is what got him caught, since it never stopped transmitting a signal every time it went through the toll booth. When Metropolitan Transportation Authority officers (MTA) noticed numerous pings from an E-ZPass with no money on it, they matched up video footage with the cabs in the photos, then matched the cabs to taxi company records showing Sanchez was the man behind the wheel. Now under arrest, prosecutors have charged him with grand larceny, theft of service and criminal possession of stolen property.

Sanchez said he needed the money for his family, but now he'll have to figure out who's going to fill the family coffers when he goes to jail.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      Some woman in Orange County California bought a new Lexus , after her and her husbands purchase she proceeded to run through the toll roads with out paying . Thinking that she had the paper plates on her new Lexus they would never be able to find her. They caught her and she had a $22,000 bill.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nothing like starting out my morning with a Dirty Sanchez
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well that guy ought to be punished for trying to screw over the system, but it's hard to get riled up over a cabbie who almost got away with $28k in tolls when every day he's probably driving around Wall Street tycoons who stole literal millions and got away scot-free.
        • 1 Year Ago
        "wall street tycoons" what is this a board game
      Andre Neves
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let's all ignore the bigger theft. Anyone who regullarly drives NYC and it's surrounding burroughs can vouche for me when I say that the revenue generated by these(ever-increasing) tolls defintely isn't going back into repairing the crumbling infrastructure. They are on-par with most third-world countries(probably safer to use unpaved dirt roads anyway). But nobody ever brings that up. "Just pay the toll, shut your mouth, and be on your way!"
        Sir Duke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Andre Neves: While I do agree that the MTA & Port Authority of NY/NJ are guilty of poor maintenance and sanitation, these facilities are hardly the equivalent of what you normally encounter in most 3rd world countries. Name one dirt road that crosses a river that is almost 1 mile wide. I do agree with the point that you tried to make, concerning the general upkeep and maintenance of the bridges and tunnels.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honestly... poor guy.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Judge Judy: : "You, sir, are a low-life, amoral piece of crap! "
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe he can round up a "militia of patriots", to take up his cause of "freedom", against the US governments tyranny of charging him the same toll as all those others.
      Basil Exposition
      • 1 Year Ago
      That dirty, dirty Sanchez.
      • 1 Year Ago
      carguy1701, why did you do it
      • 1 Year Ago
      Damn you Basil!!! I just spilled coffee on my shirt laughing at your comment!
      • 1 Year Ago
      As stupid as it gets! Obviously his fraud system needs improvement.
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