Harbir Parmar

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Uber Driver Gets 3 Years For Kidnapping Sleeping Passenger

June 24, 2019 - 4:39 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- A man who drove for Uber in New York City has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for abducting a woman who fell asleep inside his vehicle. 

A judge Monday also ordered Harbir Parmar, 25, of Howard Beach, to pay more than $3,600 in restitution for overcharging customers. 

“Many people rely on rideshare apps to navigate the New York safely. But when a woman hailed an Uber driven by Harbir Parmar, her ride home took a turn for the worst. With Parmar’s a lengthy prison term, he will no longer be able to take advantage of his ridesharing customers.," U.S Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in a statement.
Parmar pleaded guilty in March to charges of kidnapping and wire fraud. 
The kidnapping happened in February 2018 after the woman ordered a ride from Manhattan to her home in White Plains. Prosecutors said Parmar changed her destination to an address in Boston, Massachusetts, after she fell asleep.
The woman told authorities she awoke to Parmar groping her in the back seat, reaching under her shirt.
Parmar ultimately left the woman on the side of a highway in Connecticut.