WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Fake Cab Driver Pleads Guilty For Robbing Drunk Riders Of $200,000

A man from Maryland has pleaded guilty to offering rides to intoxicated people and then using their ATM cards to withdraw money from their bank accounts.

Nyerere Mitchell of Clinton plead guilty in D.C. Superior Court to five counts of felony fraud, and now faces up to 50 years in prison when he sentenced for the scheme that prosecutors say netted him more than $200,000.

Mitchell was accused of picking up people he believed were intoxicated for more than four years, frequenting the neighborhoods of Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, Foggy Bottom, and Chinatown in D.C. He would then ask the riders for their ATM cards so he could withdraw money to pay for their supposed fare.

But prosecutors say Mitchell would withdraw far more money than necessary, and in many cases pocketed the ATM cards without their owners noticing and then take out even more money. When police searched his home, they found 205 debit cards belonging to other people.

Surveillance video also showed that Mitchell would wear women's wigs and padded breasts so that his victims would believe he was a woman.

WAMU 88.5

Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

NPR

Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops

Water scarcity is leading farmers away from planting staples and towards planting higher-value, lower-water specialty crops. Think wine grapes and pomegranates instead of citrus and avocados.
WAMU 88.5

Obama's Trip To Africa & Foreign Aid

By visiting Africa this month, President Obama is drawing attention to one of the diplomatic tools that most directly shapes America's relationships with other countries: foreign aid and assistance. But now all policy makers at home feel the United States is pursuing the soundest strategy when it comes to providing aid abroad. We explore the issue with the official in charge of the Africa portfolio for the United States Agency for International Development.

WAMU 88.5

Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.