TSA Screening Supervisor Admits to Stealing from Passengers
Michael Arato, 41, admitted in federal court he was involved in stealing from passengers going through security screening at the New Jersey airport's Terminal B. He was arrested for the crimes in October.
Prosecutors say Arato and his screener co-worker stole $10,000 to $30,000 in cash from passengers' carry-on bags over a period of 13 months. As the boss, Arato made his subordinate give him a kickback on anything the man stole.
The two screeners reportedly targeted their victims, who were mostly non English-speaking women flying home to India.
The men were blatant in their thievery, even splitting up the cash in front of airport security cameras, according to authorities.
The other screener, who has not been named, cooperated with the investigation.
Arato faces a maximum of 15 years in prison at his sentencing on May 24.
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