The embattled director of the Charlotte's airport has recommended a taxi cab company run by convicted felons be awarded a lucrative contract with the city.
Aviation Director Jerry Orr tells the "Local Paper" he didn't know about the felony records of Javed and Naheed Kashmary when a selection committee picked their proposal in November.
The pair own a two-thirds interest in Kashmary Enterprises, the operator of King Cab and Royal Cab in Charlotte.
The brothers were convicted in Federal Court of participating in a scheme to obtain fake drivers licenses.
But Orr says the records do not change his recommendation that the company receive one of three contracts to operate taxicabs at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
King/Royal is one of 12 cab companies that are currently operating at the airport. Orr wants to reduce the number of taxi cab companies operating out of the airport to three, a move that would improve customer service, according to Orr.
The airport did not run criminal background checks as part of the cab companies' request for proposals. That job went to Charlotte's Passenger Vehicle for Hire manager, Burhan Al-Shaikh. The Passenger Vehicle for Hire office is part of Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.
When the "Local Paper" first asked about the Kashmary brothers, Al-Shaikh said they did not have felony records.
However, an attorney for the Passenger Vehicle for Hire Board, Mujeeb Shah-Khan, said the Kashmary brothers disclosed their criminal history on their application for city taxicab permits.
After WCNC-TV raised questions about the Kashmarys' criminal record, Shah-Khan said Javed and Haheed had surrendered their taxi driver's permits, but the Kashmarys retained their permits to operate a cab company.
Whoa! What the hell is going on here? Javed Kashmarys, Mujeeb Shah-Khan, Naheed Kashmary, Burhan Al-Shaikh? Oh come on, you have got to be kidding?
And it gets worse from here. You want to read the rest fine, it's here at the local paper.
Cedar's Take: Do we need any more reason's to fire Jerry Orr? Security breeches, convicted felons, de-icing fiasco, removal of the Queen Charlotte statue, and did I mention Orr's grand plan to have the largest renovation project in the history of the airport underway during the Democratic National Convention?