Christopher J. Eberhart, Rockland/Westchester Journal NewsPublished 3:32 p.m. ET Oct. 16, 2018 | Updated 8:34 a.m. ET Oct. 17, 2018
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A 24-year-old New York City Uber driver is accused of attacking a woman while he was driving her to her Westchester home.
The woman hired Harbir Parmar to drive her from Manhattan to White Plains on Feb. 21, prosecutors said. ...During the ride, the victim fell asleep, and Parmar changed Uber's mobile application to an address in Boston and drove toward Massachusetts, prosecutors said.
When she woke up, prosecutors said Parmar's car was on the side of the road and he was allegedly in the backseat with his hand under her shirt, prosecutors said.
After she woke up, Parmar went back to the driver's seat and drove her to Branford, Connecticut and left her on the side of Interstate 95, prosecutors said. She went to a nearby convenience store where she called for help.
Parmar is facing federal charges of kidnapping and wire fraud.
“As alleged, Harbir Parmar was hired to transport a woman from Manhattan to her home in White Plains," U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in a statement. "Instead, Parmar kidnapped, terrorized and assaulted the woman before dumping her on the side of an interstate. No one – man or woman – should fear such an attack when they simply hire a car service.”
In addition to the alleged February incident, Parmar sent false information about the destinations of the Uber's customers through its mobile application on at least 11 occasions between December 2016 through February 2018, prosecutors said.
He also sent false information about the application of a cleaning fee to be applied to the Uber's accounts on at least three occasions, and customers filed complaints with Uber about being overcharged for their rides, prosecutors said.
These instances have resulted in over $3,600 in improper charges.
The kidnapping charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, and the wire fraud charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.