TSA Agents at JFK Admit to Stealing $40K from Luggage

By Ben Fractenberg on January 11, 2012 2:33pm 

Two TSA agents pleaded guilty to stealing $40,000 from a passenger's luggage at John F. Kennedy Airport on Jan. 30, 2011.
Two TSA agents pleaded guilty to stealing $40,000 from a passenger's luggage at John F. Kennedy Airport on Jan. 30, 2011.
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MANHATTAN — They've been grounded.

Two Transportation Security Administration officers were sentenced to six years in jail and five years of probation Wednesday after pleading guilty to stealing $40,000 from a piece of checked luggage at JFK Airport last January.

“The defendants who have admitted their guilt, acknowledging that they used their positions of trust to unjustly enrich themselves, have been held accountable for their actions," said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Coumar Persad, 44, of Jackson Heights, and Bronx resident Davon Webb, 31, admitted that Persad noticed a bag full of money while X-raying luggage on Jan. 30. Persad then called Webb, alerting him about the bag.

According to the DA's office, Webb searched the bag and marked it with tape. Persad then found the bag in a baggage handling area and took it too a bathroom where he and Webb split $40,000 out of approximately $170,000 they discovered.

The two TSA agents were caught when another security employee notified a supervisor about the theft.

Persad and Webb admitted to stealing the cash when confronted by Port Authority police and gave authorities permission to search their homes, where officers found the stolen money.

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