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Dec 8, 2015 12:53 PM

'Uber Grandma' rejects plea deal in ordinance violation case in Portsmouth

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH (AP) — A woman dubbed "Uber Grandma" has rejected a plea deal from prosecutors that would've reduced fines levied against her for violating Portsmouth's recently implemented transportation ordinance.

The Portsmouth Herald reports Stephanie Franz pleaded not guilty Monday to four violation-level offenses in Portsmouth Circuit Court.

Portsmouth's transportation ordinance requires contracted drivers to pass criminal background checks, provide proof of commercial insurance and register with the city.

Prosecutors say Franz hasn't registered individually and neither has Uber. She already passed background checks to work as a school bus driver,

If Franz had accepted the plea deal, her fines would've dropped from $3,500 to $700.

Franz says she'll continue to drive for Uber and plans to fight the charges because she is "a child of the '60s" and believes in the company.


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