Airport Baggage Handlers Steal Credit Cards from U.S. Mail
Five men working as baggage handlers at JFK Airport decided to tip themselves for their hard work with the help of the U.S. mail. Over the last five months, the men stole mail being loaded onto international flights that contained credit cards, money orders and checks.
They hauled in a reported $27,000.
“Included among the items allegedly stolen from the mail were money orders mailed by a member of the armed services and in another instance, checks intended for child support,” said District Attorney Richard Brown from Queens.
Authorities began investigating the airport when consumers complained about letters that never arrived to their destinations. One consumer was sending child support to Japan that never made it out of the states, while another was sending money to family members in Japan.
Anthony Austin, Samuel Wright, Michael Williams, Ariel Weaver and Alexander Fluellen were arrested last Thursday and face a variety of charges because of their actions, including “third- and fourth-degree grand larceny, third-, fourth- and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, petit larceny and first- and second-degree forgery.” They will all likely spend time in jail for their actions, on top of paying fines for the money they have stolen.
“There is zero tolerance for anyone who steals from the U.S. Mail. Postal Inspectors will utilize every resource available to identify those responsible and ensure justice is served,” said Postal Inspector Philip Bartlett.