Uber driver charged with impersonating cop during traffic stop
JERSEY CITY — An Uber driver from Queens was arrested after trying to pass himself off as a member of law enforcement.
Andrew Kessler was stopped outside the Holland Tunnel at the toll plaza on Friday night because he was talking on a cell phone, according to Port Authority Police.
When asked for his license and registration, the Queens resident presented officers with a U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons ID card. Police said the ID was a fake, and Kessler was placed under arrest and charged with false government documents, impersonating a public servant, and having prohibited weapons and devices.
Kessler was charged in July 2016 to six months in federal prison for fraudulently filing for nearly $14,000 in unemployment insurance benefits, according to the New York Post. The New York State Department of Labor said Kessler was a federal correctional officer at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan and used a Department of Justice computer to file the fake claims.
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