Those nice people who with the TSA in our Airports:
TSA Criminals Caught Stealing Cash, Arrested for Assault
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.