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Wednesday
Oct202010

TSA Supervisor Allegedly Stole Cash from Passenger Bags

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) -- A Transportation Security Administration supervisor has been arrested for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars in cash from passengers going through an airport checkpoint.

As passengers -- mostly foreigners heading home -- came through the checkpoint at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport, the supervisor and another TSA agent would subject them to secondary searches and allegedly take cash from their carry-on bags.

The supervisor, Michael Arato, 41, of Ewing, N.J. was changed with one count of accepting bribes, one count of conspiring to commit theft and three counts of theft by a government employee. The other TSA worker is now cooperating with authorities and has not been named in court records.

The pair allegedly targeted predominately non-English speaking victims, including women of Indian descent and nationality who were returning home after visiting the United States.

On a given shift, Arato would pocket approximately $400 to $700 from passengers, according to U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.

If he's found guilty, Arato faces up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 on the charge of conspiring to commit theft and up to one year in prison and a fine of $100,000 on each of the three counts of theft by an employee of the government.

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