List from Bill Fisher's TSA Crimes Synopsis

Discussion in 'Rotten Fruit on the Tree of Government' started by Chester the Molester, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. To ensure that I cover as many older cases as possible, I've pasted in Bill Fisher's "TSA Crimes Synopsis" from 3 Jan 2012.

    As I complete the research & detailed posts on each individual, I'll remove that entry from Bill's list in this thread.

    -- Chester the Molester

    TSA worker accused of sexual assault did jail time for stalking, harassment
    A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Georgia has also spent time in jail for stalking and harassment, an investigation by WTSB-TV has found. Randall Scott King, 49, was left in critical condition when he attempted
    suicide Tuesday evening after allegedly abducting, and sexually assaulting a woman, then giving her a suicide note to deliver. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that King, who worked at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, kidnapped the woman from the Lakewood MARTA station Wednesday night.

    TSA baggage screener pleads guilty to swiping wallet

    A woman who was working as a Transportation Security Administration baggage screener has pleaded guilty to stealing a wallet on the job, Local 2 Investigates reported Thursday. Karla Renee Morgan, 50, of Anahuac, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of theft. Her plea in Harris County Court at Law No. 14 means she is beginning a one-year term of probation and has been assessed a $200 fine. The arrest report showed an undercover TSA investigator was responding to previous claims of theft when he staged a sting on Morgan. He posed as a traveler who had just found a wallet near Morgan's checkpoint. The wallet contained 10 marked $100 bills, according to the arrest report. Detectives said Morgan stuffed the wallet into her own bag and walked to her car without turning the wallet in to her supervisors or uniformed HPD officers working near the checkpoint.
  2. TSA Whistleblowers: HNL Screeners Target Mexicans

    Two members of an elite Transportation Security Administration unit at Honolulu International Airport target Mexican travelers for extra screening so often they are referred to as “Mexicutioners” by their co-workers, according to two whistleblowers who came forward to tell their stories to KITV 4 News. The TSA said it’s investigating the allegations.

    Ex-fire chief's son bribed TSA agent to get pot on jet, FBI says
    Millage Peaks, 23, the son of former Los Angeles Fire Chief Millage Peaks, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of bribing a public official. TSA employee Dianna Perez, 28, of Inglewood, also was arrested for allegedly accepting the bribe, said Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Los Angeles. Eimiller said Peaks was attempting to carry marijuana on a flight to Boston. The nature of the alleged bribe hasn't been disclosed.
    Md. TSA Agent Charged With Child Porn

    Police: TSA Employee Brings Gun To Airport

    A Transportation Safety Administration employee was taken into custody Tuesday after he unlawfully tried to bring a handgun into the secured area of Miami International Airport, police said. Just before noon, Eduardo Valdes, 29, a screener for TSA was reporting for duty on the sterile side of the airport. He was passing through an employee security checkpoint when another screener noticed a handgun in his bag. According to the police report, Valdes admitted he knew it was illegal to bring a firearm into the airport and that he just "forgot." He also said the gun was not registered and he did not have a concealed weapons permit.

    TSA Agent Charged With Plotting to Secure Citizenship for 'Husband' Through Sham MarriageA Transportation Security Administration agent was arrested earlier this week on federal charges for her role in an alleged phony marriage scheme to secure U.S. citizenship for her purported spouse. The plot unraveled when two male TSA agents who claim to have dated the woman, Krista Taha, 34, told investigators that their courtship with Taha was while she was reportedly married to Ali Taha, a Lebanon native, The Smoking Gun reports. One of the TSA agents is also the father of Krista's four-year-old son. The felony criminal complaint filed Tuesday in a U.S. District Court in Detroit states that since 2002, Krista and Ali conspired to defraud the United States "of and concerning the governmental functions and rights of the Immigration and Naturalization Service and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services."
  3. Mississippi TSA official charged in fatal stabbing
    After a joint effort from multiple law enforcement agencies, authorities have arrested, Ruben Orlando Benitez, 45, of Jackson in connection with the stabbing death of Stacey D. Wright of Jackson. Wright was found stabbed to death in her apartment in Landmark Apartments in D'Iberville on Sunday, September 18, 2011. Sources in Jackson said, Benitez served as one of Mississippi's top federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials. Wright was also employed with the TSA. An investigation revealed, Benitez and Wright, who were co-workers, got into an altercation in her apartment the night before her body was found. That altercation is what investigators said, resulted in Wright's death.

    Memphis airport TSA worker arrested; says he forgot about handgun in bag
    A Transportation Security Administration employee at Memphis International Airport was arrested by airport police Wednesday after he was accused of carrying a handgun into the main terminal building. The gun was found during a security check at the terminal’s “A” concourse in a bag belonging to TSA employee Richard Banks III. He told airport police that he forgot the handgun, a 9mm Glock 17, was in the bag.
  4. TSA Agent Pleads Guilty in Assault on Elderly Somali Man
    A Minneapolis man has pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of an 83-year-old Somali man after assaulting him while yelling that he was Muslim and should go back to Africa. George Thompson entered the plea Wednesday in federal court in St. Paul. Court papers say the 64-year-old former employee of the Transportation Security Administration told the older man he was going to kill him and chased him into a Minneapolis street on May 4, 2010. The court documents say Thompson's actions were based on the victim's "actual and perceived religion and national origin." He was charged under a federal hate crimes act.

    New TSA 'theft' leaves teen's bag $100 lighter & One Cell Phone Missing – Two TSOs Involved
    An allegedly sticky-fingered screener for the Transportation Security Administration is being investigated after $100 went missing from a 16-year-old honor student's gym bag before he boarded a July 21 flight at JFK Airport, The Post has learned. The incident occurred shortly after 5:15 a.m., after Chris went through screening to board a JetBlue flight to Los Angeles. A Port Authority police source said surveillance video shows a female TSA screener spending six minutes with Chris' bag. At one point, the worker can be seen tossing away a piece of paper, the source said. The worker hasn't been arrested or suspended. Just hours later, another TSA screener at JFK was caught on surveillance video swiping a senior citizen's cellphone. The worker, Roy Richburg, 25, of Queens, was arrested and fired.

    TSA Agent Flashed Badge at Slow Driver: Cops
    A T.S.A. agent accused of flashing his badge to get another driver to speed up in South Windsor is accused of harassing and intimidating another driver. A woman called 911 around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday and reported that a man was following her car very closely and flashing a badge at her, police said. She stayed on the phone with police until they stopped Donald Eichler, 63, of South Windsor, police said. He told police he was upset that the woman was driving slightly below the speed limit on Sullivan Avenue, honked his horn a few times and showed her his TSA badge to try to get her to speed up, according to a release from police.

    LAX TSA officer indicted on theft charges
    A veteran Los Angeles International Airport security officer faces jail time for allegedly stealing items from a traveler’s suitcase. Airport police Sgt. Belinda Nettles says 31-year-old Transportation Security Administration officer Ryan Driscoll was arrested May 10 at Terminal 6 for investigation of felony grand theft. Driscoll is free on $20,000 bail pending a June 3 court appearance.

    FLL TSA agent charged in theft of $450 pen
    A Transportation Security Administration agent has lost his job and is facing grand theft charges for allegedly pocketing a $450 pen owned by prominent South Florida car dealership owner Rick Case. Officials filed charges against Toussain Puddie, 30, on Wednesday after investigators say the agent admitted to taking Case's pen after it was left behind during a checkpoint screening at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport last month.,0,3732118.story

    TSA Agent Caught With Passenger's iPad in His Pants; Allegedly Took $50,000 in Other Goods, Cops Say
    The Broward Sheriff's Office says 30-year-old Nelson Santiago stole around $50,000 worth of electronics over the past six months from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport's Terminal 1. Santiago -- a TSA officer since 2009 -- was caught earlier this week by a Continental Airlines employee taking an iPad out of someone's luggage and stuffing it into his pants, the cops say.
  5. Plea Deal In TSA Airport Screener Assault Case
    The Transportation Security Administration employee charged with assaulting a coworker who taunted him about the size of his penis after his genitalia was exposed by a full-body scanner has agreed to attend anger management classes and write a letter of apology as part of a settlement of his criminal case, records show. TSA screener Rolando Negrin, 46, will also perform 50 hours of community service and make a $100 charitable donation, according to terms of a pre-trial diversion program that, if successfully completed, will result in dismissal of the felony battery case lodged against Negrin in Miami-Dade Circuit Court.

    TSA officer Paul Yashou arrested on suspicion of taking $30,000 worth of items from suitcases at LAX
    TSA officer Paul Yashou, 37, was arrested on suspicion of taking $30,000 worth of items from suitcases at the airport, according to this Daily Breeze story, which also said that a police search of Yashou's home turned up "numerous items belonging to LAX passengers." TSA spokesman Nico Melendez said Yashou worked at Terminal 1, where the baggage screening area is in a very public lobby area near ticketing counters. (Side note: Having flown out of Terminal 1 many times, I wonder how the alleged pilfering could take place out of view of other TSA staffers or even passers-by. Melendez said he didn't know either.),0,1149811.story

    TSA agent at Bush Intercontinental Airport has been arrested amid accusations of theft
    A TSA agent at Bush Intercontinental Airport has been arrested amid accusations of theft. Officers arrested Karla Morgan, 49, Thursday for theft. Police say an undercover officer gave Morgan a wallet he said he found with a thousand dollars inside. Investigators say Morgan put the wallet in her backpack and walked out of the airport. Officers then arrested Morgan in a parking lot.

    Federal Officer Smuggled Cash, Guns At Atlanta Airport
    DEVON SAMUELS, 45, and KEISHA JONES, 30, both of Stockbridge, Georgia, pleaded guilty today in federal district court. SAMUELS pleaded guilty to conspiring to launder drug money and attempting to smuggle guns onto an airplane. In a separate case, SAMUELS and JONES pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit marriage fraud. According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges and other information presented in court: SAMUELS, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer, was charged in connection with three undercover sting operations with smuggling drug money and guns through Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

    Sneaky TSA jet stowaway
    A Dominican Republic-bound JetBlue flight made a U-turn and headed back to Kennedy Airport after the pilot discovered a scamming TSA screener had sneaked aboard, The Post has learned. The bizarre incident last Saturday inconvenienced 150 legit passengers and wasted tens of thousands of dollars' worth of fuel. Carlos Rodriguez, 30, got an employee pass from a pal who works for JetBlue, but he was told at the gate that the flight was sold out, sources said. Insisting that he was authorized to use a jump seat in the cabin, he caught the pilot's attention 45 minutes into the flight. Rodriguez was barred from the airport pending results of the probe.

    TSA Agent Arrested At MCO for loaded gun.
    A Transportation Security Administration agent was arrested at Orlando International Airport Wednesday night. Orlando police said they issued an arrest warrant for 25-year-old Rynel Delacruz. The arrest affidavit is only a page long and says he forgot that had a loaded handgun in his bag.
  6. TSA officer accused of theft from LAX traveler's bag
    A veteran Los Angeles International Airport security officer faces jail time for allegedly stealing items from a traveler’s suitcase. Airport police Sgt. Belinda Nettles says 31-year-old Transportation Security Administration officer Ryan Driscoll was arrested May 10 at Terminal 6 for investigation of felony grand theft.

    TSA screener steals your laptop, sells it on eBay
    A former Transportation Security Administration baggage screener pleaded guilty today to stealing cameras, electronics and other items from checked luggage at Newark Liberty International Airport. Pythias Brown, 47, of Maplewood, said in U.S. District Court in Trenton that in 2007 and 2008 he took video cameras and equipment, jewelry, laptop computers, GPS systems, cell phones, electronic games and more. All told, he took more than 100 items worth a total of between $200,000 and $400,000, authorities said.

    TSO arrested for kidnapping and attempted rape in ATL.
    A TSA employee remained hospitalized today after being accused of kidnapping a young female in Atlanta, then taking her to his Hogansville residence and sexually assaulting her. Randall Scott King, whose age and street address were not given, abducted the woman Wednesday evening from a MARTA parking lot in southwest Atlanta, police said. The alleged victim said after the assault, she was released by her captor, who gave her a suicide note and instructions on where to deliver it. Union City police alerted Hogansville police about the incident early Thursday. Hogansville officers obtained search warrants and found King at his residence with what appeared to be self-inflicted wounds.

    TSA Agent Rapes 14 Year Old Girl
    A Transportation Security Administration worker at Logan International Airport is accused of assaulting a 14-year-old girl. Sean Shanahan, 45, of Winthrop is being held on $50,000 cash bail following his arraignment in East Boston District Court. He is charged with statutory rape, enticement of a child and indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or older.

    TSA agent arrested for molestation (Orlando, FL)
    A TSA agent has been arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious molestation of a minor after police say he tried to keep a girl as a sex slave. Police arrested 57-year-old Charles Bennett of Winter Garden on Friday. A 15-year-old girl was the one who reported him to police. The 15-year-old victim confided in her caregivers that Bennett had touched her inappropriately three years ago when she was 12. She says he also asked the young girl to be his "sex slave," an accusation investigators say Bennett admitted to in a written statement to police.

    The hostage taking by a ABQ TSO in NM that ended in a police shootout.
    The family told police eight months pregnant Varela-Gonzalez and her 2-year-old son had been kidnapped from Pecos by her estranged husband, TSA Screener TSA, 27. Officers spotted the truck before midnight Tuesday near I-25 and Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe and attempted to pull the truck over. When Gonzalez finally stopped, police say they tried to order him out of the car for about a minute until he leaned out of the front driver window and started firing at police with a handgun, hitting a squad car several times.
    Police returned fire and shortly after Varela-Gonzalez ran out of the truck and told officers the suspect inside had killed himself.
  7. The conviction of a PHL TSO for theft of laptop computers.
    A former Transportation Security Administration officer will be on probation for stealing electronics from luggage he screened at Philadelphia International Airport. Authorities say 37-year-old Troy Davis, of Willingboro, N.J., took five laptop computers and a PlayStation game in March 2009. An airline baggage handler spotted him hiding the items behind an explosive-detection machine. Federal prosecutor Arlene Fisk tells KYW radio that Davis was upset about a demotion and lost pay.

    TSO fired after attack on traveler in parking lot at ORD
    A TSA screener at Indianapolis International Airport has been fired after he was arrested for attacking a gift shop employee in the airport parking garage. Michael Merriman of Mooresville is facing a battery charge for the incident.,0,7636643.story

    The arrest of a MEM TSO for attempted theft of a laptop computer.
    The local union for TSA Security Officers listed Ricky German as Vice President of NTEU Chapter 321 early Friday. Officer Ricky German is charged with stealing a passenger's laptop computer on December 20, 2011. He was arrested Wednesday. WREG News Channel 3 requested comment from the union Friday afternoon. We received the following statement, "It is NTEU's standard policy not to comment at this stage of a personnel incident.",0,4936320.story

    The arrests of a JFK TSO and LTSO for the theft $160,000 from checked baggage.
    Two TSA agents were busted today at Kennedy Airport for stealing $160,000 in cash from bags, authorities said. Davon Webb, 30, and Couman Perad, who turned 36 today, were arrested after admitting they had regularly stolen from checked bags, sources said. In one instance, Perad, who joined the Transportation Security Administration in 2002, and Webb, who has been an agent since 2004, stole $39,000 on Jan. 30 from a bag at Terminal 8, sources said. The passenger whose money was stolen was on his way to Argentina, sources said. The $39,000 was later found in their homes after TSA notified Port Authority police, sources said.

    The conviction of a EWR TSO for theft of $39,000 from passengers bags.
    TSA supervisor Michael Arato at Newark Liberty Airport recently admitted theft. He also allowed a worker he supervised to steal $10000 to $30000 over a 13-month period. The pair targeted non-English speaking victims, particularly elderly Indian women as they were leaving the country. Since 2003, more than 1500 items have been reported stolen, including an engagement ring stolen at LAX, a 12-year-old boy's birthday money, and many more. Arato faces 15 years in jail.

    TSA Agent Arrested at LAX
    A TSA agent was arrested on January 3rd in Terminal One at LAX, a source told NBCLA. He had just gotten off duty and was behaving erratically, saying, "I am god, I’m in charge." Meanwhile, a TSA Internal Affairs investigation turned up evidence of LAX TSA agents using drugs at an after-hours party. TSA officials say a videotape of the party was of poor quality and the employees were not in uniform, but 4 employees were tentatively ide

    The arrest of a EWR TSO for impersonating a CBP police agent.
    A Transportation Security Administration supervisor assigned to Newark Liberty International Airport was arrested last week on charges of impersonating a law enforcement officer, after authorities say he told a Roselle Park patrolman who had pulled him over that he was a cop, too. Jimenez said Mazzone was arrested Wednesday, March 2, on a charge of "pretending to hold a position as a sworn law enforcement officer."
  8. RIC TSA Officer Bob Seashols Admits Plot to Post Porn on Christian Site
    On April 10, Bob Seashols, a Coordination Center Officer for the Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) at the Richmond International Airport (RIC) and an administrator for Atheists United’s Facebook page, took part in a coordinated effort to populate pornographic images, extreme profanity, and sexually explicit anti-Christian hate-speech on the Facebook page of Ken Ham, an internationally known Christian ministry leader. The Internet-based Facebook assault, directed from four different Facebook accounts, involved pornographic and sadomasochistic imagery. When questioned why he posted such sexually explicit comments, Mr. Seashols brazenly replied: “Because I can. . . . I can say whatever the h— I want to say about anyone I want to. . . . I’m not breaking any law.”

    TSA screener pleads guilty to theft in Las Vegas
    former Transportation Security Administration screening supervisor at McCarran International Airport faces six months in a halfway house and three years of probation after pleading guilty to stealing $2,000 last June from an airport lost and found. Records show 35-year-old John W. Miller pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas to a federal misdemeanor theft charge. Sentencing was set for July 18. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that prosecutors dropped a felony embezzlement charge against Miller, and are asking U.S. District Judge James Mahan to agree to the probation sentence. Miller could face a year in prison and $100,000 fine.

    HNL TSO Keka admits to theft
    Transportation Security Administration supervisor Dawn Nikole Keka, 35, pled guilty to one count of theft Friday in Honolulu District Court for stealing $200 from an undercover agent at Kona International Airport.
    During the sting a female TSA agent placed thirteen one hundred dollar bills inside a Hello Kitty backpack, a brand popular with young Japanese women. After discovering two liquid containers inside the backpack, Keka discarded the items and proceeded to search the bag more thoroughly. It's during this search that Keka removed two of the thirteen hundred dollars bills and stuffed them into her pocket.
    More Charges against HNL

    WABC reports over 100 theft complaints at LGA in 2010.
    TSA's own data show that in the last three years, travelers have filed more than 400 claims for property lost or stolen at check points at JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark airports. Eyewitness News investigates the alleged theft of passengers' items by TSA agents at New York area airports.
  9. Another list from Bill Fisher ...

    TSA Thefts 12/1/2011 – 1/21/12
    Miami TSA officer and his wife charged with stealing from passengers' luggage
    TSA Air Marshal Arrested for Stealing Boston Occupier's iPhone on the Eve of Eviction
    TSA agent busted in laptop ‘lift’ - 411 NY?

    Missing money serves as warning to passengers (Punta Gorda,FL)

    The arrest of a MEM TSO for attempted theft of a laptop computer.,0,4936320.story

    Memphis TSA Agent Guilty Of Theft,0,6862534.story

    Former TSA worker claims he was wrongly fired - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee
    Questions for TSA over missing money at PHX
    FLL TSA agent charged in theft of $450 pen,0,3732118.story
    TSA Agent Accused of Stealing Rick Case's Pen Wants a Trial
    State Going "Full Blast" With Theft Charges Against Former TSA Screener, Says Lawyer
    TSA Agent Caught With Passenger's iPad in His Pants; Took $50,000 in Other Goods, Cops Say FLL
  10. TSA officer Paul Yashou arrested on suspicion of taking $30,000 worth of items from suitcases at LAX,0,1149811.story
    TSA agent at Bush Intercontinental Airport has been arrested amid accusations of theft IAH
    TSA baggage screener pleads guilty to swiping wallet
    LAX Worst Airport in Nation for Stolen Luggage: TSA to Blame
    TSA officer accused of theft from LAX traveler's bag
    The conviction of a PHL TSO for theft of laptop computers.
    The arrests of a JFK TSO and LTSO for the theft $160,000 from checked baggage.
    Ex-TSA Agents Admit to Stealing Cash from JFK Bag
    Crime is soaring at Kennedy Airport
    New TSA 'theft' leaves teen's bag $100 lighter & One Cell Phone Missing JFK – Two TSOs Involved
    Investigation: TSA thefts at NYC airports | Video |
    The conviction of a EWR TSO for theft of $39,000 from passenger’s bags.
    Laura Ingraham: Airport workers stole my baptismal cross! EWR
    TSA screener steals your laptop, sells it on eBay EWR
    TSA screener pleads guilty to theft in Las Vegas
    HNL TSA worker arrested in theft of cash from travelers
    Former HNL TSA employee admits to theft
    More Charges against HNL TSO Keka
  11. sppratam

    sppratam New Member

    Here's another one for your collection:

    A Transportation Security Administration agent stole $5,000 in cash from a passenger's jacket as he was going through security at John F. Kennedy International Airport, authorities said Thursday, the latest in a string of thefts that has embarrassed the agency.
    Alexandra Schmid took the cash from a Bangladeshi passenger's jacket as it went along an X-ray conveyor belt Wednesday night in Terminal 4, said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's police force.

    Chester the Molester (8 April):

    Alexandra Schmid is done, but before we delete these posts out of the chain, the Yahoo article lists a bunch of other names & events, need make sure we have them all covered:
    • Wednesday's arrest came the same day that a federal judge sentenced former TSA screener Ricky German to eight months in prison for trying to steal a laptop from a passenger at the Memphis airport in December 2010.
    • Last month, an agent who worked searching checked luggage at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport was suspended after the owner of a stolen iPad used the tracking feature on the device to locate it at the agent's home. Police found seven other iPads there.
    • On Jan. 10, former TSA agent Paul Yashou pleaded guilty to stealing a $15,000 watch from a passenger's belongings at Los Angeles International Airport in May. He is awaiting sentencing.
    • Two other former TSA agents at JFK were sentenced on Jan. 10 to six months in jail and five years' probation for stealing $40,000 from a piece of luggage in January 2011. The agents, Coumar Persad and Davon Webb, had pleaded guilty to grand larceny, obstructing governmental administration and official misconduct.
    • Also in January, authorities charged an agent at Miami International Airport with swiping items and luggage and smuggling them out of the airport in a hidden pocket of his work jacket. He was arrested after one of the items, an iPad, was spotted for sale on Craigslist. Another TSA employee was arrested in July at nearby Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after an airline employee reported that the man slipped an iPad into his pants.
    • In December, police charged a TSA screener at New York's LaGuardia Airport with lifting a laptop after a Detroit-bound passenger left it behind at the security station.
    • Earlier last year, a TSA supervisor and one of his officers pleaded guilty in a scheme that lifted $10,000 to $30,000 from passengers' belongings at Newark Liberty International Airport. A federal judge sentenced the supervisor, Michael Arato, to 2½ years in prison and his subordinate, Al Raimi, to six months of home confinement.
  12. Thanks, that one's already in the queue for tonight. What would be most helpful would old ones predating Bill's lists. Wikipedia mentions a couple hundred but provides no details. I'd love to honor each & every one of these dedicated thieves with a little bio here. It's the least I can do to reward their distinguished service to our country. :)

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