Judge in California orders Uber driver who allegedly defrauded riders to make a few extra dollars to pay court fees to a real driver.
A judge in California ordered Uber to end the practice of using fake Uber drivers and to stop misleading riders about the quality of their rides.
Uber driver Joshua Brown told authorities he had to make up the difference by convincing a real Uber driver to take his ride.
The judge said that Uber’s practice of paying court fees by sending fake drivers on trips is unconstitutional and could affect drivers’ ability to make other payments for services like car insurance and medical care.
Brown, who is based in San Francisco, has pleaded not guilty to charges of wire fraud and grand theft.
He was arrested in March after he allegedly drove around a city and stole from Uber riders in exchange for $500.
Uber, which has more than 6,000 drivers in California, has been criticized for using fake riders to steal money from drivers.
The company says it uses the drivers for rides of between 20 to 50 minutes.
Uber declined to comment on the case.