01/11/2012

TSA agents who stole $40K from NY luggage get jail

Authorities say two TSA officers swiped cash after spotting it in a piece of luggage

Associated Press

NEW YORK — Two Transportation Security Administration officers who admitted stealing $40,000 from luggage at a New York City airport are going to jail.

The Queens district attorney's office says 44-year-old Coumar Persad and 31-year-old Davon Webb were sentenced Tuesday to six months in jail and five years' probation. Both had pleaded guilty to grand larceny, obstructing governmental administration and official misconduct.

The two TSA officers were based at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Authorities say they swiped the cash after spotting it in a piece of luggage while it was being X-rayed in January 2011. The cash was recovered from their homes.

Persad's attorney has said his client understands he made a mistake and wishes to move on with his life.

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