Former taxi inspector gets 8 months for bribes

Posted: August 15, 2007

A former chief taxi inspector in Philadelphia was sentenced yesterday to eight months in prison for taking bribes from cab companies.

Sant Harrison, 68, a retired policeman, was a supervisor in Philadelphia for the state Public Utility Commission who took at least $19,000 in cash bribes over 10 years.

A federal jury convicted Harrison of racketeering and extortion in March. Several codefendants pleaded guilty and received sentences that ranged from probation to six months, Assistant U.S. Attorney Judy Smith said.

The PUC conducts annual inspections to ensure that vehicles meet state standards. The defendants conducted incomplete inspections and gave certifications to drivers who had not passed qualifying tests, prosecutors said.- AP

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