Flight attendant charged with stealing in-flight donations

Flight Attendant Steals Thousands In UNICEF Donations

An American Airlines flight attendant is accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of in-flight UNICEF donations.

According to the New York Daily News, 56-year-old Marco Costa was arrested Saturday, accused of grand larceny and possession of stolen property after New York City Port Authority police officers discovered nearly $5,000 worth of coins sitting in the trunk of his car. The coins were donated by American Airlines passengers who believed they were going to UNICEF's Change For Good program, the money is meant to help children around the globe, but it never got further than the JFK Airport parking lot.

Back in October, Port Authority police noticed Costa's vehicle had an expired registration sticker, then they noticed the rear of the vehicle was low to the ground. Police were suspicious there may be an explosive in the vehicle, but when they found nothing out of the ordinary they impounded the vehicle and discovered the 700 pounds worth of coinage.

Costa admits to stealing from UNICEF, saying he needed money for medical bills, but claims he only stole 25 percent of the coins. The rest were his.

An American Airlines spokesperson said, "We hold our employees to the highest standards of integrity and do not tolerate theft."

It is unclear if Costa has been fired.

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