TAXI KINGPIN METERED MILLIONS FROM HACKS

Published on: September 3, 2014
Photography by: Getty
TAXI KINGPIN METERED MILLIONS FROM HACKS

Taxi fleet boss, polo playing ne’r do-well allegedly ripped off millions from hard-working cabbies. 

Simon Garber could be the worst “boss” in America! While socializing in elite circles and sponsoring a championship polo team, the taxi medallion magnate has allegedly ripped off millions from hard-working cab drivers.

An investigation by the New York State Attorney General busted the company operated by 48-year-old Garber for reportedly charging some 2,000 cabbies bogus “fees” on the cars they leased. As the state slapped Garber’s Yellow Cab SLS Jet Management Corp. with a $1.6 million fine, The National ENQUIRER has learned the cab drivers union in Chicago is compiling stacks of evidence to prove he’s allegedly using the same fees to rip off thousands of their drivers.

“He runs one of the worst cab companies in Chicago and has been stealing from drivers in a variety of ways ever since he got here,” Peter Enger, of the United Taxidrivers Community Council, told The ENQUIRER. “He is one of the biggest defrauders of cab drivers that we’ve had in Chicago in 10 years!”

The outcry of theft is in sharp contrast to the polished image the snooty entrepreneur portrays while hobnobbing with the rich and famous as owner of the Yellow Cab/SLS Jets Polo Team. Garber has run afoul of the law before – mostly in his swanky hometown of Colts Neck, N.J. where he has a horse farm. In February 2008 he was arrested and charged with burglary, trespass and criminal mischief after stripping down to his skivvies and hosing himself down in the neighbor’s yard before walking into the same neighbor’s house to take a shower. The terrified neighbor and two young children fled the home and called cops, according to published reports.

The year before he was busted for driving while intoxicated and possession of marijuana. And in 2007 he was charged with filing a false police report after crashing his car and telling cops his car had been stolen.

The Russian-born Garber, son of a sheet metal worker and a nurse, came to America when he was 12. His family settled in New Jersey and he drove a cab to help pay for his college education.

But despite his rags-to-riches story, Garber shows little sympathy for the working man. A disgusted Bhairavi Desai, executive director of the New York union, fumed, “Here is their boss stealing the money so that he can go out and buy a polo team. It’s outrageous!”