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Boston takes first steps on cab industry abuses

Signs of overcharges on drivers found; consultant may be hired this week

Eight weeks after Mayor Thomas M. Menino ordered a sweeping review of Boston’s $1 billion taxi industry, the city says it has begun to crack down on continued exploitation of cabbies, uncovering what appear to be violations by a cab owner who was charging drivers fees not allowed by the city.

Police spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca said the Boston Police Department’s hackney division identified what she called “potential wrongdoing’’ involving overcharges levied on several cabdrivers but declined to identify the company or the amount until the case is complete.

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