The stepdaughter of U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch was put in a jail holding cell in Brooklyn after failing to pay an Uber driver.
Kia Absalom, who is the daughter of Lynch’s husband Steve Hargrove, couldn’t pay the $20 Uber cab fare she owed last week, so the driver, Hassan Almaweri, 58, drove her to the police station in Canarsie on December 28, reported the New York Daily News.
Kia Absalom (center) with stepmom US Attorney General Loretta Lynch (right) – Absalom was brought to a holding cell in Brooklyn last week after failing to pay a $20 Uber fare
A collage on Absalom’s Facebook page, which includes Lynch and Obama, show her high powered connections, but according to police sources she never mentioned her relationship with Lynch
‘I asked her to pay me,’ Almaweri told the outlet. ‘She said, ‘No, I paid by the app. I said, ‘What do you mean, the app?’
The taxi driver is signed up with UberT, which allows riders to use Uber to book a cab through the app and then pay the cabbie directly.
Absalom apparently did not have any cash on her, nor any credit cards.
‘So I drive her to the police station,’ Almaweri told the Daily News. ‘I go to the police and say, ‘This lady doesn’t want to pay me.’
Kia Absalom apparently thought she had paid her Uber fare through the app and didn’t have any cash or credit cards on her – she was released after her boyfriend paid the fare, say sources
A sergeant who was involved in the incident told the outlet that Absalom never mentioned her powerful stepmother.
The 21-year-old was reportedly placed in a holding cell and stayed there until her boyfriend arrived and paid the fare.
Police then voided the arrest and she left without being fingerprinted or processed.
Later that day, an investigation was launched to see how the semi-arrest was handled.
On Thursday, Absalom’s father and an FBI agent visited the precinct to make sure that his daughter hadn’t received any special treatment.
Police reportedly verified that Absalom was treated like anyone else – even down to having her shoelaces removed.