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TSA Agents Steal $40,000 Cash - And They're Checking US?

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posted on Feb, 18 2011 @ 01:55 AM
Those nice people who with the TSA in our Airports:

TSA Criminals Caught Stealing Cash, Arrested for Assault

Steve Watson
February 17, 2011

Following an admission of guilt in federal court earlier this week from a TSA supervisor, two more TSA agents based at a completely different airport have been arrested for stealing thousands of dollars in cash from the luggage of travelers, while another was arrested and fired for seriously assaulting a co-worker in a dispute over a parking space.

What about the ones who haven't been caught?

Two TSA workers, identified as Persad Coumar and Davon Webb, were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of having stolen around $40,000 in cash from a bag that was checked through a security line at John F. Kennedy Airport, reports CNN and Reuters.

The agents discovered the money while viewing the bag inside an x-ray machine, according to the reports. The bag was said to have contained $170,000 in cash, the origin of which is now being investigated.

After a colleague reported the incident, the $40,000 was recovered from the homes of Coumar and Web who will now face up to seven years in prison on charges of third-degree grand larceny, fifth-degree conspiracy, third-degree criminal possession of stolen property and official misconduct, according to the district attorney’s office.

The two workers are also suspected of having previously stolen valuables from luggage worth up to $160,000, according to police with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The TSA admits that in the last three years alone there have been 12 similar cases of thefts involving the removal of valuables and/or cash from baggage. These are just the ones that have been reported.

The latest case comes just days after a TSA supervisor at the ironically titled Newark Liberty Airport pleaded guilty in a federal court to multiple counts of theft, as well as admitting to taking bribes and kickbacks from another TSA worker to “look the other way”, while the agent he was supervising stole more money from travelers.

posted on Feb, 18 2011 @ 02:07 AM
Ha! Stealing shady money is a pretty good crime. The traveler can't complain about their money being stolen

According to the article, the theft was only discovered because a co-worker turned them in. I bet this DOES happen all the time.

posted on Feb, 18 2011 @ 02:08 AM
Not only that but now they want to start charging us $5.50 per theft... I mean check.

Already a couple threads on this including this one.

posted on Feb, 18 2011 @ 10:32 AM
reply to post by Seekeye2

This kind of crime could be easily prevented using the same kind of technology the TSA uses against everyone else, with one or two little changes... Luggage inspectors should be in a closed room and naked (scary thought) with locking butt plugs inserted, dual action for females of course. They should be scanned using the existing technology TSA uses to scan passengers, going to and from the luggage area to do their job.

It would reduce the potential for TSA employee theft by 99.99% and would hopefully reduce the number of mentally challenged sociopaths the government hires as TSA agents.

Just a thought....

Cheers - Dave

posted on Feb, 18 2011 @ 10:49 AM
What part of separating the individual from the herd to you think it is that seems to give some people so much trouble? Or is that really it at all? Maybe it's more a case of any glimmer of hope that something will support an already conceived bias is just too good to pass up? There are criminal elements and dishonest people all over the map, in every country, in every organization, of every race, gender, religion, and job. It's a human foible. I'm sure many people are disappointed that they couldn't work a Muslim angle or a union angle into this story too. Give it time though.

posted on Feb, 18 2011 @ 10:59 AM
reply to post by ~Lucidity

I'm sure many people are disappointed that they couldn't work a Muslim angle or a union angle into this story too. Give it time though....

Well, Persad is a Name found among people of Indian origin in Guyana and Trinidad:

posted on Feb, 18 2011 @ 11:00 AM
reply to post by crimvelvet

Mission accomplished!

posted on Feb, 25 2011 @ 11:20 AM
I just saw "TSA Agent Pleads Guilty To Stealing From Passengers" scroll across the news ticker at the bottom of the screen on CNN. Haven't heard about this untill now, and obviously I just found your thread. Seems the MSM is burying this too.

- PS
Anyone remember the Clint Eastwood classic "Hang 'Em High"?

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