An Uber driver ended up getting cheated out of thousands of dollars by an acquaintance who wrote a series of bad checks, police in Nutley said.
The driver told police Tuesday the person requested a ride to Indiana at an agreed-upon price of $850. When they returned, the driver was given a check for $4, 294 as payment. The person asked the driver to keep the $850 and to send the balance to the person via Zell, a cash-transfer app.
The check bounced and the driver ended up overdrawing an account, police said.
The person sent the driver another check for $4,750, which bounced. Two more checks sent afterwards -- for $5,000 and $2,381 -- likewise were no good. The driver learned, however, that the person purchased two airline tickets totaling more than $2,300 in the midst of their transactions.
The person sent a final check, for $2,000, but that was not deposited, police said.
The person stopped answering calls from the driver and police were also unable to contact the person. The incident was referred to the detective bureau.
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