TSA comes under fire again as employees admit to repeatedly stealing money from passengers

Daily Mail [UK]
15th February 2011

A TSA supervisor stole money from passengers who went through his security checkpoint and accepted bribes and kickbacks from a colleague.

Michael Arato, a supervisor at Newark Liberty Airport, admitted on Monday that he regularly took money from passengers during security screenings and deliberately targeted foreigners who could not speak much English.

The 41-year-old, from Ewing, admitted in federal court that he permitted a worker he supervised to steal $10,000 to $30,000 in cash from traveller’s bags over a 13-month period.

He admitted to collecting $3,100 over one week to ‘look the other way’ while his colleague carried out the thefts from travellers.

In return the colleague would give some of the money to Arato, who also admitted to stealing some himself at his security checkpoint in Terminal B.

The colleague, who was not named, cooperated with investigators leading them to the arrest of Arato.

Arato faces a maximum potential sentence of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, though the actual penalty may be less under sentencing guidelines. He will be sentenced on May 24.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been trying to crackdown on theft by workers at Newark Liberty International Airport and the TSA said that any time it becomes aware of an employee who might be engaged in illegal activity, it works closely with other agencies to investigate…

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