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News Article - April 09, 2009

TSA OFFICIAL FIRED IN ALLEGED THEFT  
By Linda Loyd
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

  Transportation Safety Administration investigators have fired a lead TSA official from his Philadelphia International Airport duties for alleged theft from passengers' bags. The mid-level transportation security officer was caught stealing from checked baggage on April 1, said TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis. She declined to identify the TSA officer.

   Davis said the agency's Office of Inspections is conducting an investigation. "We're also cooperating with local and federal law enforcement," Davis said. "It will be up to them as to how this case proceeds from here. There is an ongoing investigation. The U.S. Attorney's Office has been aware of this since last week."

   The dismissed employee has not been charged with a crime. Since 2002, seven TSA officers have been terminated for theft at the Philadelphia airport, Davis said.

Source - Philadelphia Inquirer



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