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Inverness woman in court for tricking taxi driver out of fare

By Ali Morrison

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A TAXI driver on an early morning run was duped out of his £18.50 fare by a passenger who told him she would pay him at her destination.

But Lynda Love (21), of Union Street, Inverness, failed to return to pay the driver when she was dropped off in Hazel Avenue on September 6, 2020.

Love admitted the fraud at Inverness Sheriff Court. Fiscal depute Robert Weir said that she ordered the taxi from Drumdevan Road at 5am. He said: “She was dropped at the address and went in but didn’t return.”

Defence solicitor advocate Neil Wilson told Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood that his client was serving an 80-day sentence with an earliest release date of January 10. He added that Love had other cases pending.

She was fined £300 and ordered to pay the taxi driver compensation of £18.50.

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