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Boston Airline Employees Charged in Money Laundering Scheme

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Airline employees at Logan International Airport used their security credentials to smuggle over $400,000 through security checkpoints.

Five airline employees at Logan International Airport (BOS) have been charged with using their airport security clearances to smuggle hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash past security checkpoints.

According to a press release from the office of U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, four of the employees involved — Rupert Crossley, Anthony Trotman, Alvin Leacock and Eric Vic — worked as ground crew operators for JetBlue Airways. The fifth individual, Dino Dunkley, worked as a customer service ramp agent for Delta Air Lines. All five employees were charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering, as well as with conspiracy to defraud the U.S., specifically the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Crossley and Trotman have agreed to plead guilty.

According to the criminal complaint documents provided by the U.S. Attorney’s office, the defendants were investigated in an undercover operation from August 6, 2012 through February 12, 2014. Assisted by a cooperating witness, the co-conspirators allegedly smuggled $417,000 in cash over the course of at least nine transactions.

A portion of the press release detailed how the accused went about the money laundering scheme, stating:

The defendants used their individual security clearance to circumvent TSA security checkpoints and smuggle large amounts of cash from non-secure airport areas, such as curbside passenger drop-off/pick-up or public restrooms near baggage claim, to secure areas of the airport, such as passenger departure gates and, in some instances, aboard commercial airline flights.

Delta spokeswoman Liz Savadelis told the Boston Globe that the airline cooperated fully with the investigation. “Delta’s values include that employees keep a strict adherence to all security protocols and to not engage in unlawful conduct,” Savadelis said.

JetBlue did not respond to FlyerTalk’s request for comment on the incident. However, the news release acknowledges JetBlue’s cooperation with the investigation.

[Photo: Massport.com]

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CDKing September 27, 2014

One of these days the story is going to read: The defendants used their individual security clearance to circumvent TSA security checkpoints and smuggle WEI's aboard commercial airline flights. When i toured the FedEx facility in ANC, everyone including security screened employees had to go through WTMD and have their belongings x-rayd. Who not the same at passenger terminals? These background checks are obviously not working.