Hundreds of Totaled Cars Used as Cabs: Suit

Roughly 5 percent of city's 6,800 cabs had been declared wrecks, investigation finds

Monday, Nov 29, 2010  |  Updated 9:15 PM CDT
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Hundreds of Totaled Cars Used as Cabs: Suit

Zach Christman

The man known as Chicago's taxi cab king might have to pay millions in fines for using cars that were previously destroyed in wrecks.

The man known as Chicago's taxi cab king might have to pay millions in fines for using cars that were previously destroyed in wrecks.

Following a review of hundreds of complaints filed by City Hall against cab companies, a Chicago Sun-Times investigation found that 180 cars in Symon Garber's fleet were former police cars that were badly damaged and then rebuilt.

Using cars that were deemed total losses by insurance companies is illegal in Illinois, and Garber could owe up to $9 million.

Garber has hired the law firm of mayoral candidate Gery Chico and is fighting the fines in court.

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