MONTREAL — Extortion charges have been laid against six doormen at Fairmont’s iconic Queen Elizabeth Hotel in downtown Montreal.

The Queen Elizabeth workers were arrested last week and face multiple charges for alleged extortion of taxi cab drivers. In a news release last Friday, police said charges of alleged extortion, intimidation and plotting have been laid after police received complaints from taxi drivers that hotel employees were demanding between $5 and $30 per fare to ensure they would have access to customers coming out of the hotel.

“Thanks to the courage of the taxi drivers who have denounced this practice, the situation has now returned to normal at the hotel,” said Benoit Jugand, the head of the police department’s taxi and tow-truck division.



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