Man admits posing as woman cab driver, conning D.C. drunks out of bank cards, pin numbers

A Maryland man pleaded guilty to conning drunk people out of their bank cards and pin numbers, while he posed as a taxi driver in D.C. and Arlington. (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON (WJLA/AP) - A Maryland man who prosecutors say dressed as a woman cab driver has pleaded guilty to talking drunken D.C. passengers into giving him their ATM cards and PINs and withdrawing hundreds of dollars from their accounts instead of the fares of $10 to $40.

Nyerere Mitchell,50 of Clinton, Maryland, pleaded guilty to five counts of first-degree felony fraud Monday in D.C. Superior Court. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison on each count at sentencing Oct. 10.

Prosecutors said Mitchell drove a silver Range Rover SUV and frequently wore a wig and padded breasts; the fake cab driver would offer rides to people who appeared drunk in areas such as Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, Foggy Bottom, Chinatown, and other busy neighborhoods in D.C.

Authorities said riders would give Mitchell their ATM cards and PINs so he could drive up to bank machines and withdraw their fares.

Using the scam, he was able to steal more than $200,000 from over 60 people during a three-and-a-half year period, according to prosecutors.

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