PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — New York’s attorney general says a northern New York taxi owner who charged inflated fares of up to $300 to refugees heading across the Canadian border faces $2,500 in penalties.
Christopher Crowningshield of Northern Taxi must pay the penalty under a court order announced Wednesday that requires him to quote fares ahead of time. Fares from Plattsburgh to the nearby Canadian border should be $75 or less.
Northern New York has been popular crossing point for foreign-born people seeking asylum in Canada. Asylum seekers walk across the border and are detained by Canadian officials.
The attorney general’s office sent an investigator posing as an asylum seeker to Plattsburgh to see what she would be charged. The court order says Crowningshield charged $200.
No current telephone listing could be found for Crowningshield or his business.