- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Authorities say 12 New York City taxi drivers have been arrested on grand larceny charges in a credit card scam that resulted in the theft of nearly $40,000.

The city’s Department of Investigation said Thursday the alleged fraud took place between January and July 2015.

Investigators became aware of the scam when the vendors responsible for electronic payments in taxis noticed several high dollar trips with short duration and distances. Most of the trips lasted less than a minute with charges ranging from $100 to $499 per trip.

The brother of one of the defendants was also arrested for posing as his Taxi and Limousine Commission licensed sibling.

Each of the defendants’ TLC licenses has been suspended. If convicted, they’ll be revoked.

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