Archives for category: crimes

Dawn Nikole Keka, a TSA screener in Kona, was arrested after a sting in which she was caught stealing cash from an undercover agent.

After the backpack went through the X-ray machine, the TSA said, Keka searched it with her back to the agent, discarded a bottle of liquid from the backpack and asked the “tourist” whether she is Japanese. The undercover agent nodded yes.

Keka then put the backpack through the X-ray machine a second time. A special agent with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General said he saw Keka walk to the middle of the screening area and lean against a wall near the X-ray machine.
When the undercover agent got the backpack, she discovered two $100 bills missing from the wallet.

TSA agents arrested Keka and found the two missing bills crumpled in her right back pocket. They also found four other crumpled bills in her front pocket: two $100s, a $20 and a $10.

http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/20110316_Isle_TSA_worker_arrested_in_theft_of_cash_from_travelers.html

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Despite the blue uniforms, TSA screeners are not law enforcement officers. (The blue uniforms with the shield patches were added to give the screeners credibility.) They do not carry weapons and cannot make arrests.

Or claim to be law enforcement officers. Michael Mazzone was arrested for pretending to be a sworn law enforcement officer.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/03/tsa_officer_charged_with_imper.html

TSA agent Minetta Walker arrested and charged with helping a drug kingpin skip security procedures at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Minetta Walker, 43, of Buffalo is suspected of letting an alleged marijuana trafficker travel under a bogus name and of waving him through a body scanner at the Buffalo airport, according to U.S. Attorney William Hochul Jr. of the Western District of New York. She is also accused of tipping off the dealer to an undercover investigation.

Walker is accused of helping the suspected trafficker, Derek Frank, 30, skate through security at least six times in recent months.

http://news.travel.aol.com/2011/03/02/tsa-agent-charged-with-helping-drug-trafficker-through-security/

Two TSA agents were busted for stealing $40,000 from passengers at JFK. The money was discovered during checked baggage X-ray.

Coumar allegedly X-rayed a piece of baggage bound for Argentina on January 30 and spotted a bag of money, according to a criminal complaint. He called Webb, who was assigned to a baggage belt area for American Airlines in building 56 at JFK and alerted him about the bag with the money, indicating that it probably belonged to a drug dealer, prosecutors said.

Webb searched the bag, found the cash, and marked the bag with tape. He called Coumar and confirmed the cash was inside. The men then met in the baggage area, found the bag wrapped in tape, and “observed what appeared to be approximately $170,000 in the bag,” the complaint states.

Coumar allegedly grabbed $40,000 in cash, stuffed the money into his clothing and met Webb in an airport bathroom where they divvied up the proceeds of the swiped loot.

http://news.travel.aol.com/2011/02/17/tsa-agents-busted-for-stealing-from-passengers-at-jfk/

Michael Merriman, a screener at Indianapolis airport, was arrested after a witness saw him repeatedly punching another airport employee in the head.

The victim, identified as 39-year-old Brian Hale was bleeding from his nose when officers responded to his 911 call for help. The Indianapolis man who works for HDS-Relay told officers Merriman appeared to be upset about not getting a parking spot.

“You will never do that to me again,” Merriman reportedly said as he held Hale in a headlock and reportedly punched him a half dozen times.

Merriman was fired by the TSA.

Michael Arato admitted to taking bribes to ignore theft by a subordinate. He took $3,100 in kickbacks for letting the employee steal between $10,000 and $30,000. They preyed on Indian women who couldn’t speak English.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/14/us-airport-bribes-idUSTRE71D72V20110214

Ricky German was charged with Theft of Property. He was previously listed as a VP of the local union.

Police say the arrest stems from an incident on December 20th, after a passenger from New York left his laptop computer in the baggage claim area.

Musician Chase Anderson was in Memphis to play a gig. He says he didn’t realize he left his laptop on a bench until after he left the airport. Anderson and his brother returned to the airport.

Anderson says he filled out a police report upstairs, while his brother stopped to talk to Officer German downstairs.

“My brother noticed his jacket seemed to be folded in a perfect rectangle about the size of a laptop,” Anderson says.

http://www.wreg.com/news/wreg-tsa-security-officer-arrested,0,4936320.story

Troy Davis stole five laptops and a Sony Playstation from travelers in Philadelphia. He got 3 years probation.

“He put the luggage through special machines to see whether there was any explosives or anything of concern in the luggage,” she told KYW Newsradio.  “When he saw that there was something of value in the luggage, he took out the computers or the games.”

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2010/12/17/tsa-worker-avoids-prison-after-stealing-travelers-laptops/

Randall Scott King was accused of kidnapping and assaulting a young girl.

http://lagrangenews.com/view/full_story/10413596/article-BREAKING-NEWS–TSA-employee-accused-of-kidnap–assault

George Loren Thompson was charged after he threatened to kill a Somali man.

Felony charges have been filed against an off-duty TSA worker accused of threatening to kill a Somali man Monday night.

Minneapolis Police arrested 63-year-old George Loren Thompson after they said they heard him screaming threats and chasing the victim in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood. They said he was drunk and had two loaded guns on him, along with a permit to carry.

The victim told police it all started when he was getting into his car on Cedar Avenue. That’s where he said Thompson, whom he had never met, asked, “Are you Somali?”

When the victim said yes, Thompson allegedly responded, “Come here. I am gonna f—ing kill you.”