Ted Scouten, CBS Miami, September 12, 2023
Travelers are surprised to hear that two TSA agents are accused of stealing from passengers at MIA’s E checkpoint. “We trust TSA got it and they wouldn’t do anything, tamper with my stuff,” said passenger Sola Jeged.
The state attorney’s office released several video clips. In one we see agents concentrating on a specific bag, and then moments later, we watch as one of them puts his hand in his pocket.
According to the police report, the pair is accused of “…removing $600 from a passenger’s wallet, while the passenger was in the screening process…”
“I think they have a lot of nerve because don’t they realize they’re on camera?” Passenger David Caban said. “These are places that are monitored so much. What are they thinking?” Caban wondered.
Josue Gonzalez and Labarrius Williams were arrested and charged in this case back in July. The police report said they would “…distract passengers as they were being screened to steal monies from their belongings…”
More surveillance video shows where we see a TSA agent appears to unzip a bag and pull something out. He then meets up with that same bag before going into xray — and again, putting his hands in his pocket.
🚨#WATCH: As Surveillance Video Captures TSA Agents Stealing items and $600 from Passenger’s Wallet
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Gonzales’s attorney Richard Cooper confirms that his client agreed to a deferred prosecution program, meaning if he completes the course, the case will be dismissed.
Williams’ attorney will not comment on the status of his case, but the Miami-Dade Clerk of Courts shows a trial date is set for next month.
Charges were dropped against a third suspect, Elizabeth Fuster.