More than 50 New York City taxi drivers were being arrested Wednesday morning on charges of ripping off riders, law enforcement officials said.

The arrests come weeks after Taxi and Limousine Commission officials said many drivers had been charging higher out-of-town rates on their meters for rides within city limits.

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance and Department of Investigations commissioner Rose Gill Hearn are expected to announce details of the charges at a news conference at 1 p.m.

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The drivers are expected to have court appearances at the criminal court house Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

The Taxi and Limousine commission has said that hundreds of cabbies have been hiking fares on unaware passengers.

Last month, city judges ruled in the first wave of cases, as six of the worst offenders were slapped with $850 fines and had their licenses revoked.

The drivers were found to have been charging double-fare suburban rates while ferrying passengers within the city. The worst of the schemers was cabbie Michael John, who pulled the scam a whopping 570 times between 2008 and 2010.

Earlier this year, the TLC said that more than 600 drivers could lose their licenses due to the dirty double-fare trick.

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