TSA officer sentenced for theft from passengers

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I am glad this guy saw his day in court, but how many other TSA employees are stealing your valuables? We can’t even lock our bags any more. Your valuables are likely more safely shipped to your destination with fedex.

A Transportation Security Administration officer who pleaded guilty in February to federal charges that he stole from passengers during screenings at Newark Liberty International Airport was sentenced Tuesday to six months of home confinement, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Officer Al Raimi, 30, of New Jersey, pleaded guilty earlier this year in U.S. District Court in Newark.

He admitted that he would “kick up” money to his supervisor, Michael Arato, 42, also of New Jersey, who in turn allowed him to keep stealing.

Arato was sentenced on June 7 to 30 months in prison for his part in the crime, according to Matt Reilly, spokesman at the United States Attorney’s Office.

TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein told CNN that Raimi and Arato stopped working at the agency as of December 6, 2010.

In addition to home confinement, Raimi was ordered by Linares to pay $24,150 restitution to his victims and pay a $3,000 fine, according to a statement posted on the U.S. Attorney’s District of New Jersey website.  Read the whole story.

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