Woman Takes $980 Cab Ride From New York City To Mass., Refuses To Pay

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Authorities say Denice C. Rebelato initially agreed to pay the fare. But once the cabbie reached her home, she said she was unable to afford the trip.

A taxi ride from the airport quickly went from costly to impossible for one Massachusetts woman.

Police say Denice C. Rebelato, 31, of Framingham, Mass., was told by a New York cabbie that it would cost a minimum of $850 to drive her from NYC's JFK Airport to her home in Framingham, reports the MetroWest Daily News. According to authorities, Rebelato agreed to pay the fare.

She arrived at her home around 8:30 p.m. and told the cabbie that she had the money for the $980 fare in her home. But she later informed the cabbie that she couldn't pay. "Ms. Rebelato went into the house for 10 minutes and returned saying she does not have money and her credit card was no good," details the report.

The cab driver then took Rebelato to the Framingham Police station. At the station she told officers she wanted to pay but that she had "so many problems" and had "just come from Brazil." Police arrested and charged her with larceny of property worth more than $250.

Prosecutor Lauren Montes said the prosecutor's office would drop the charges against Rebelato if she agreed to pay back the $980. She must pay the amount back in 60 days or the case will continue, says Greco.

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