An investigation began on Jan. 30 after another agent tipped Port Authority police. The money was later found in the agents’ homes.
The two agents worked together to pull off the scheme. Coumar would allegedly use an X-ray to find money in travelers’ bags. Webb would then allegedly mark the bags with tape, according to Brown.
Coumar would later allegedly extract the money in another luggage area.
The two have confessed to stealing as much as $160,000, police said.
The TSA was expected to fire the two men quickly, but had not done so by Wednesday morning.
“We will move swiftly and decisively to end the federal careers of any employee who engages in illegal activity on the job,” TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis told Reuters.
“TSA agents hold a position of trust and are supposed to search passengers and their baggage to ensure the safety of the flying public — not to enrich themselves,” Brown said. “Passengers must feel secure when they pass through our airports here in Queens County that they are not being targeted by those who would use their position of authority to steal the possessions of others.”
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