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SU Student charged with falsely reporting robbery

Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh reports that sheriff's detectives charged a Syracuse University student with falsely reporting an incident in connection with the alleged robbery by a bogus cabbie.

Yesterday afternoon, Sheriff's Detective Keith Hall charged Vikram G. Hosakote (26), of 1007 Euclid Ave.,

Apartment #2, with falsely reporting an incident in the third degree. Hosakote is accused of fabricating the story

that he was the victim of a robbery after accepting a ride from a bogus cab driver on Jan. 31.

Hosakote first told members of the SU Department of Public Safety that during the early Saturday morning he was seeking a cab on South Crouse Ave. when he accepted a ride from someone offering a cheaper fare. Hosakote claimed that he was driven out to Cicero, robbed and forced out of the car, by the fake cab driver.

Hosakote disclosed to detectives conducting the investigation that the incident never occurred when Detective Hall identified several inconsistencies with Hosakote's allegations. Hosakote told detectives that he was on the telephone with his girlfriend when he made up the story that he was robbed and that he continued his lie when friends called the police.

Detectives issued Hosakote an appearance ticket to appear in City of Syracuse Criminal Court on Feb. 24 for his arraignment. Falsely reporting an incident in the third degree is a class A misdemeanor.

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