TSA screener accused of stealing from handicapped woman at Newark Airport


PETER J. SAMPSON
The Record
May 19, 2010

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Leroy Ray found the money, authorities say. They just contend it was never actually lost.

Ray, a federal security screener at Newark Liberty International Airport, pocketed an envelope of cash while searching the purse of a handicapped woman, and later tried to cover it up by putting the money in the lost and found, federal officials said Tuesday.

Ray, 44, of Newark, was charged with theft and making false statements to investigators in connection with the Feb. 3 incident at a Terminal C checkpoint. He has been suspended by the Transportation Security Administration, which employed him as a screener since August 2002.

Ray’s attempt to steal the envelope containing $300, as well as $195 from a zippered pocket, was caught on video, authorities allege. They say the footage shows the woman approach Ray’s security lane in a wheelchair and push her purse through an X-ray machine.

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