Tourist files lawsuit against cabbie kickbacks

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A southern California tourist has filed a class action racketeering lawsuit against local taxi and limo companies and several strip clubs.

The I-Team has done several investigations into kickbacks of up to $100 that strip clubs pay to limo and taxi drivers who bring in customers.

The lawsuit alleges the cabbies and strip clubs are working together in a $40 million a year extortion scheme. In essence, the tourist claims some drivers illegally divert customers to clubs that pay more, sometimes against the passengers’ wishes.

The lawsuit quotes I-Team reports in which cab drivers reveal how the process works.

The man who filed the suit claims he was trying to go to the strip club Play It Again Sam’s, but the cab driver repeatedly lied about the club and instead took him to Spearmint Rhino.

The suit alleges that club paid him more.