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Man Charged With Hacking JFK Taxi Dispatch System Freed on Bond Now Wants No Jail Time

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SDNY MAG COURT, Dec 20 -  In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on December 20, a detention or bond proceeding was held by Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein on a man charged with hacking into the taxi assignment system at JFK Airport.

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  Earlier in the day, the US Attorney's Office announced "unsealing of an Indictment charging DANIEL ABAYEV and PETER LEYMAN with two counts of conspiracy to commit computer intrusions.  The Indictment charges that ABAYEV and LEYMAN hacked the electronic taxi dispatch system (the “Dispatch System”) at John F. Kennedy International Airport. ABAYEV and LEYMAN conspired with Russian nationals to hack the Dispatch System and move certain taxis to the front of the line, in exchange for payment."

  The Assistant US Attorney told Judge Gorenstein his Office agreed to release on bond of $100,000, with computer monitoring software, while noting Leyman has an app on his phone to check his diabetes. Afterward, the case was still listed as Unassigned, though there was mention of District Judge Paul A. Crotty.

Lead- and co-defendant Daniel Abayev was also released on $100,000 bond.

Jump cut to January 23, 2024 when defendant Peter Lehman asked for no jail time but home confinement so that "the loans on his taxi, taxi medallion and delivery truck are not all foreclosed on."

The case is US v. Abayev, et al., 22-cr-655 (Crotty)



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