TSA Agents Get Jail Time For Stealing $40,000 From Bag

TSA agents jailed stealing moneyWith stories of strip-searched grandmas and spontaneous molestations, some members of Congress set out to curb the powers of the Transportation Security Administration officer. And on Tuesday, their case gained credence once again, when two TSA officers were sentenced to six months in jail for thieving $40,000 from a passenger's bag.

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Around a year ago, 44-year-old Coumar Persad was X-raying checked baggage at John F. Kennedy Airport, and noticed that one suitcase contained a giant load of cash, according to prosecutors, and reported by The Associated Press. He called up his friend, 31 year-old Davon Webb, who was in the baggage belt area. Webb tagged the bag with tape, and Persad went and emptied it of the money.

The duo then met in a bathroom to divide up the bounty, which police later found at their homes -- an amount totaling $39,980. The men pleaded guilty to grand larceny, obstructing governmental administration, and official misconduct, and were sentenced to six months in jail and five years of probation, according to the Queens District Attorney's Office.

This is something of a shift for the TSA. Usually its agents are in the news for leaving things in bags, not for taking stuff out.

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Claire Gordon

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Claire Gordon has contributed to Slate's DoubleX, the Huffington Post, and the book Prisons: Current Controversies. While an undergraduate at Yale University and a research fellow at Yale graduate school, she spoke on panels at Yale and Cornell, and reported from Cairo, Tokyo, and Berlin.

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Mark C

The public has no respect for these "officers" that look like they have been in prison. I would have trouble taking them serious. They appear to be low paid, undereducated and quite frankly dumb. Of course there will be problems. I don't trust them.

February 09 2012 at 9:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike Gieser

Six Months.

February 08 2012 at 11:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Viktoria Michaelis

Only one thing missing here: the TSA fired them. Did they, or didn't they lose their jobs?

February 05 2012 at 6:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If they are allowed to fondle your daughter, what is wrong with stealing?

January 24 2012 at 12:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Not to excuse stealing at all, but why in the he!! would anyone have any amount of cash in a checked bag. That is beyond stupid.

January 12 2012 at 7:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't understand why they didn't get 10-20 years for grand larceny, and generally being scumbags!
Six months is an insult to all hard working honest people. Queens district attorney's office should be ashamed of themselves also.

January 12 2012 at 5:16 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Danny's comment

That's the first thing that came to my mind, when I read the story!

January 12 2012 at 7:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bill M

Did anyone ask where all this money was from.

January 12 2012 at 5:16 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

6 months for stealing $40K?? That's not even a slap on the wrist! There's a lot of people out there who would jump at the chance to steal that much if they know that's all the time they'll get if they get caught. I don't see any 6 month sentences being handed out if someone walks in and robs a bank. Why is this so different?

January 12 2012 at 4:29 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Dang it all. Two more Demoncrat votes lost!

January 12 2012 at 2:24 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

For wit homony zeras?

January 12 2012 at 2:05 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

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