TSA Crimes for 2015 – February Edition

Florida TSA agent Herve Placide arrested after estranged wife found dead in van

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – Monday, December 22, 2014, Rachelle Blidner

A Transportation Security Administration agent was arrested after his estranged wife was found dead in a parked van Monday, Florida police said. Herve Placide, 49, turned himself in soon after Magalie Placide, 52, was discovered in a Walgreens parking lot in Poinciana, Fla., early Monday, Osceola County police said.

Herve Placide is a suspect and has not yet been charged, according to WESH. Earlier, a family member called the cops to report the couple had gotten into a physical altercation at about 5:15 a.m., according to News 13. WFTVMagalie Placide, 52, was found dead inside a minivan in a Walgreens parking lot early Monday. Herve Placide then drove off with Magalie Placide, the caller told police.

The body of Magalie Placide was discovered about 45 minutes later in the store’s lot at the 300 block of Cypress Parkway. Herve Placide was arrested in 2011 for domestic violence against his wife.

 

Daytona Beach TSA agent accused of sexually battering child for 3 years

WESH – By Claire Metz – Feb.17, 2015

Esteban Rodriguez, 30, was booked into jail on Tuesday following a week-long investigation.

The victim, now 15 years old, told a teacher, who contacted the Florida Department of Children and Families. Then the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office was brought in to investigate the accusations.

“This individual committed unspeakable acts against a helpless victim,” Sheriff James L. Manfre said. “Our detectives worked quickly to arrest this individual and ensure the safety of the minor child.” Investigators said the victim told them Rodriguez has been sexually assaulting her for three years and forced her to watch adult pornography with him.

Rodriguez, aware he was being scrutinized, allegedly told the victim to lie. The victim said she’s very afraid of him.

 

BWI TSA agent Samuel Bryant arrested on sex charges

Capital Gazette – Tim Pratt, February 11, 2015

A Transportation Security Administration officer at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport was arrested last week on a child sex abuse charge.

Samuel Bryant, 40, was charged with sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree assault and a fourth-degree sex offense. Bryant is accused of inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl on three occasions at his Brooklyn Park home on Jan. 5. The girl told a sibling about the alleged abuse on Feb. 4,and the sibling told their mother, according to charging documents.

Anne Arundel County police charged Bryant on Feb. 5. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 4.

Attorney Peter O’Neill, who is representing Bryant, said his client “vehemently denies having any improper relationship or improper touching with this young lady.”

A TSA spokeswoman said early Wednesday afternoon the agency was terminating Bryant’s employment. Bryant later updated his social media page to say he is unemployed. “These alleged crimes are egregious and intolerable,” said TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein. O’Neill called the termination “wholly inappropriate.” “That’s essentially convicting him before he has a chance to defend himself.”

Bryant was a lead transportation security officer for the TSA, according to his LinkedIn professional networking page. People in that position screen passengers, manage and train employees, and oversee the operations of TSA checkpoints, according to the TSA website.

Bryant had worked for the TSA since March 2004, according to his networking page. Before that, he worked for eight years as security manager for Simon Property Group. Prior to that, he was an electronics technician for four years, according to the networking page.

TSA Worker in Arkansas Indicted on Child Pornography Charges

Arkansas Matters – Staff February 4, 2015

A Transportation Security Administration employee has been indicted on child pornography charges. Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, announced that Raymond Kinney, age 54, of Jacksonville, a Transportation Security Inspector for the TSA, was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 4, 2015, on one count of distribution of child pornography.

Kinney was arrested on Wednesday, January 28, when he drove to meet two minors with whom he planned to have sex, according to online chats that were recovered from his account. A search incident to arrest revealed that Kinney had brought sex toys and children’s clothing with him.

According to the criminal complaint, this investigation began in January 2015, when undercover officers were monitoring a social networking site and encountered an individual seeking a minor for sexual contact. Through further conversations, this individual sent several pictures and videos of child pornography over the internet. They ultimately arranged a meeting at a motel, and when Raymond Kinney arrived, officers arrested him.

The indictment alleges that on or about January 27, 2015, Kinney knowingly distributed child pornography. If convicted, Kinney faces at least five but not more than twenty years of imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and five years of supervised release.

The investigation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations with substantial assistance from local task force officers. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Allison W. Bragg and Kristin Bryant.

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Finally Some Small Degree of Justice Possible for Three Elderly TSA Strip Victims?

The three women who were strip searched by low life TSA screeners at JFK a few Thanksgiving’s ago have file suit against the agency for damages incurred by TSA’s reprehensible and abusive searches. As usual, TSA denies any wrongdoing without explaining why the issued a formal public apology a few weeks after the incidents came to light.

This is only one of several incidents but is noteworthy because all three occurred on the same weekend at the same airport.

Other incidents include Russian reporter Ksenia Sobchak, Ohio mother and blogger Shoshana Hebshi and an unidentified male cancer victim. The attempt by John Pistole, the outgoing child-molester-in-chief to extricate the agency from the abusive policies that he instituted by exempting politicians and Federal workers from screening and arbitrary assignment of Pre-Check clearance have now led to an even more chaotic situation than before this degenerate proposed them and don’t do anything assure airline security.

Hopefully what remains of our civil justice system will hold the agency and its employees accountable for their terrorism of the traveling public, particularly the young, elderly, pregnant women and those with medical conditions. While criminal prosecutions would be more appropriate, a civil judgment is much more realistic and would confirm the criticisms of many TSA opponents whose complaints have long been trivialized and ridiculed by the agency and Statists who support them.

Elderly women sue TSA screeners who allegedly strip-searched them at Kennedy Airport

BY John Marzulli – NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – November 26, 2014

Three elderly women — one a 91-year-old — are suing the clueless airport screeners who suspected they were terrorists and allegedly subjected them to humiliating strip-searches.

The women, all residents of Florida, apparently aroused the suspicion of the federal Transportation Security Administration screeners because of the medical devices attached to their bodies.

Linda Kallish, 69, had an insulin pump attached to her thigh, Lenore Zimmerman, 75, was wearing a back brace and Ruth Sherman, 91, had a colostomy bag, according to the women’s separate suits filed Tuesday in Brooklyn Federal Court.

The TSA later issued an apology for any misunderstanding but denied allegations of the strip-searches at Kennedy Airport.

Three elderly women — one a 91-year-old — are suing the clueless airport screeners who suspected they were terrorists and allegedly subjected them to humiliating strip-searches.

The women, all residents of Florida, apparently aroused the suspicion of the federal Transportation Security Administration screeners because of the medical devices attached to their bodies.

Linda Kallish, 69, had an insulin pump attached to her thigh, Lenore Zimmerman, 75, was wearing a back brace and Ruth Sherman, 91, had a colostomy bag, according to the women’s separate suits filed Tuesday in Brooklyn Federal Court.

The TSA later issued an apology for any misunderstanding but denied allegations of the strip-searches at Kennedy Airport.

The agency also outraged a modest public when it sought to force people to pass through full-body scanners — a plan it later dropped.

To add insult to injury, Wired wrote in August about researchers slipping weapons past the despised devices.

Another TSA Pervert Caught in the Act

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TSA seems to have a predilection for hiring sex offenders. In a recent story we learn that TSA worker Daniel Boykin was arrested by Nashville police after he was caught videotaping female airport worker bathrooms. This is the 24th TSA worker arrested for a sex crime in less than four years, underscoring the pervasive deviancy rampant within the agency and its workers.

Former TSA Officer Accused of Videoing Female Co-Worker In BNA Restroom

CBS Nashville – September 30, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A former officer for the Transportation Security Administration has been accused of video recording a female co-worker inside an employee restroom at the Nashville International Airport.

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said 33-year-old Daniel Boykin has been arrested and charged with unlawful photography, aggravated burglary, wiretapping, unlawful telephone recording and two computer crimes.

The investigation began back on May 30 when the alleged victim filed a complaint, saying she observed videos of herself on Boykin’s phone.

Boykin allegedly used a camera to video the woman while she was on her phone in the employee restroom.

A search warrant was executed at his Murfreesboro apartment, and police said images and video of the victim were found on Boykin’s computer, cell phone and other storage devices.

He has also been accused of entering her Nashville home on multiple occasions, where authorities said he alleged took data from her computers and electronic devices.

Investigators believe the suspect had an infatuation with the one woman. The employee restroom, where the alleged incidents occurred, was said to be located in a non-public area of the airport. Police said the public restrooms were not targeted. Boykin has been booked in lieu of $100,000 bond

 

TSA Lets Members of Congress Skip Airport Security: Congressional Criticism of TSA Molestation Abruptly Halts.

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Many may recall the frequent bipartisan criticism and outrage in Congress by members in both in the House and Senate. Members who publicly chastised TSA Administrator John Pistole and his many minions who appeared before one oversight committee after another spanned the entire political spectrum. Many legislators had been victims of invasive TSA searches or had family members who were molested by airport security including notables such as Orrin Hatch, Patrick Leahy, Rand Paul, Claire McCaskill, Jason Chaffetz, Paul Broun, Chuck Schumer.

TSA introduced Precheck to quell Congress and blunt public criticism of their corrupt workforce under the premise that it would be available to everyone but failed to disclose that available doesn’t mean accessible. Precheck essentially was only intended to provide cover for a undisclosed move to exempt legislators, judges, government workers and other influential and politically connected individuals while still subjecting ordinary citizens to the same level of harassment and abuse as before.

Not surprising Congressional criticism evaporated almost overnight, oversight questioning by elected officials suddenly became cordial and legislators returned to being a rubber stamp for whatever abusive policies the agency proposes, at least so long as they aren’t subjected to them.

Many predicted that this would be the ultimate state of affairs, an airport security caste system that exempts the elite at the expense of average citizens and after three years that is where we have finally arrived.

GAO: Secretive TSA sorting practices privilege millions of government employees

The Week – Bonnie Kristian – September 24, 2014

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) says in a new report that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) uses its Secure Flight Program — which sorts passengers into high risk, low risk, or unknown risk categories — to privilege many government employees.

In addition to members of Congress and federal judges, millions of employees of the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, and intelligence agencies are automatically being considered low risk. As a result, they’re able to use the less invasive and more convenient Pre-Check line at the airport.

As the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has pointed out, this program creates something of a caste system in which government employees get special privileges, while civilians placed in the high or unknown risk categories can’t even find out the rationale for their categorization. “Ultimately,” the ACLU argues, “when we start rewarding or punishing people because of who they are, as opposed to what they’ve done, we drift farther from the principles at the heart of our Constitution.”

The 9/11 Anniversary and Twelve Years of TSA Farce

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On the thirteenth anniversary of 9/11 TSA once again demonstrates that the agency is completely useless and a colossal waste of resources to employ a nefarious workforce comprised of criminals, rapists, child molesters, murderers, smugglers and societal misfits.

The agency, which has cost taxpayers a nearly $100 billion in its twelve year existence continues to engage in a charade that ostensibly “protects” the traveling public from yesteryears threats, while DHS concedes that ISIS terrorists are planning to cross the southern border into the US amidst the massive influx of illegal immigrants from South America. The mishandling of the border assault and TSA’s decision to allow people here illegally to board airplanes without identification has led to legislation forbidding TSA from allowing persons with only a Notice to Appear from boarding aircraft in US airports.

Today, another example inanity of the TSA Security Theater was reported in the media. In this case a traveler was confronted after his plane land and he was exiting the airport and told that he needed a full body enhanced pat down because TSA neglected to do it at the departure airport. TSA threatened to have him arrested if he didn’t comply but, like any reasonable person, he refused their imbecilic demand and simply left the airport. Video of the incident was taken and has made its way onto the internet in several outlets.

Meanwhile, Fox News also examined whether TSA actually capable of keeping airports safe and hosted several notable airport security experts including engineer Jon Corbett whose videos conclusively demonstrated that metallic objects could easily be smuggled past both MMW and x-ray body scanners and effectively stopped the further deployment of these devices. In addition, security expert Bruce Schneier and Johns Hopkins researches whose study confirmed, for anyone with a doubt left in their mind, that the scanners can be beaten with minimal effort.

Contrary to the assertions of fear monger and terror profiteer Tom Kean, 9/11 Commission co-chair, TSA is not needed and is depriving America of much needed resources to prevent future terror attacks from ever reaching American soil, instead of paying low life TSA employees to molest children in airport security lines and violate our basic right to privacy.

White House Refuses to Release TSA Sexual Misconduct Records Required By Law

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It comes as no surprise to many of us who have watched TSA trample the rights of Americans while too many submissive American cowards have sheepishly complied with these obscene regulations, allowing themselves and their children to be effectively. Despite years of warnings from diverse civil liberty groups ranging from EPIC, ACLU, The Rutherford Institute, Pro Publica and Cato Institute.

Given the record of TSA workers during the Obama Administration, it is no wonder that the agency and the White House would prefer to ignore this request given the horrific records of abuses by the low life workers that TSA subjects the traveling public to on a “comply or don’t fly” basis.

This may be an opportune time to review some of the most egregious examples of TSA misconduct, sexual assaults and pedophilia. While this list doesn’t come close to the number of molestations that occur in airport (most go unreported), a partial list of these can be found in the Master List link above which includes TSA abuse and sexual assaults of the general public, the elderly and handicapped, celebrities and children.

The current list (see Master List for links) of sex crimes includes:

Supervisor Vernon Lythcott accused of having sex with minors; Arrested at JFK Airport – ABC News New York – May 9, 2014

TSA Manager Shane Hinkle at Blue Grass Airport charged with sexual abuse of co-worker – Kentucky Herald Leader – Valarie Honeycutt Spears – August 13, 2013

TSA officer Larry Kobielnik arrested for kidnapping, sexually battering – Tampa Bay Times – John Woodrow Cox – July 27, 2013

Police: TSA employee, Miguel Quinones, had child porn on laptop – Fox News Boston – June 13, 2013

TSA Agent Paul Magnuson Arrested for Rape – WOIO CLEVELAND, OH – November 1, 2012

TSA screener Andrew Smeal arrested for child pornography. – CBS4 Miami – Video report – September 13, 2012

TSA agent Jose E. Salgado among 55 caught in child pornography arrests – The Boston Herald – Christine McConville – Wednesday, April 11, 2012

TSA agent Paul David Rains charged in online child-predator sting – Orlando Sentinel – Arelis R. Hernandez- December 15, 2011

Harold Rodman, TSA worker, arrested for sexual assault – WJLA News – Gail Pennybacker – November 21, 2011

Orlando airport (MCO) TSA employee Paul David Rains faces child pornography charges – Orlando Sentinel – Jeff Weiner – November 1, 2011

TSA Manager Bryant Jermaine Livingston Arrested for Running Prostitution Ring – MyFoxDC – John Henrehan – March 28, 2012

Md. TSA Agent Michael Scott Wilson Charged With Child Pornography – ABC2News – Joce Sterman – March 18, 2012

Nashville TSA Agent Clifton Lyles Charged With Statutory Rape – WTVF – Staff – September 20, 2011

TSA employee Andrew W. Cheever faces child pornography charge – MyFoxBoston – Staff – September 2, 2011

TSA Screener David Ralph Anderson Charged with Lewdness and Child Molestation – Elko Daily Free Press -Jared DuBach – August 26, 2011

PHL TSA Screener Thomas Gordon Jr Charged with Child Pornography – Fox Nation – John Shiffman – The Inquirer – April 23, 2011

Orlando TSA agent Charles Henry Bennett Arrested For Attempting To Make 15 year old Girl His ‘Sex Slave’ – The Huffington Post – Staff – May 25, 2011

TSA Agent Dwayne Valerio Arrested for Rape of Juvenile in Londonderry NH – Eagle Tribune – Jillian Jorgensen – April 2, 2011

Logan TSA employee Sean Shanahan accused of raping 14-year-old girl – WHDHTV – Staff – March 9, 2011

TSA Screener Randall Scott King arrested for kidnapping and attempted rape of 14 year old in ATL – Lagrangenews – Staff Reports – November 23, 2010

Disgraced Catholic priest who was defrocked after ‘sexually abusing two young girls’ now works as a TSA airport screener – CBS3 Philadelphia – Ben Simmoneau – May 24, 2012

Police: TSA employee, Miguel Quinones, had child porn on laptop – FoxBoston – June 13, 2013

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Obama Administration Sued for Data on Sexual Misconduct by TSA Airport Screeners

The Blaze – Aug. 21, 2014 By Pete Kasperowicz 

Judicial Watch Sues TSA over Cover-Up: Passenger Complaints “Assaults Relating to Sexual Misconduct”

Judicial Watch announced Thursday that is has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security to uncover reports of sexual misconduct by airport screeners.

While Judicial Watch agreed to narrow its request for information in March, TSA did not produce any documents at all, “or respond in any other substantive way as required by law.”

The government watchdog group said the issue of sexual misconduct by TSA came to light in January, when a Colorado woman filed a complaint that a frisking she received was sexual assault. Judicial Watch cited a press report in which Jamelyn Steenhoek was quoted as saying the agent touched her in place she’s “not comfortable being touched in.”

“On the outside of my pants she cupped my crotch,” she said. “I was uncomfortable with that.”

“The part of the search that bothered most was the breast search,” Steenhoek added. “You could tell it shouldn’t take that much groping. To me it was as extensive as an exam from my physician — full touching and grabbing in the front. I felt uncomfortable, I felt violated.”

When nothing was discovered, the TSA agent repeated the search.

Judicial Watch said it received assistance in its request for information from Jason Harrington, a former TSA agent who wrote an article for Politico called “Dear America, I Saw You Naked.” That article said TSA agents had a code they used to note when attractive female passengers were being scanned.

“With 56,000 employees and a $7.7 billion budget, the TSA is a massive government agency that requires diligent oversight,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

“It is bad enough that many experts argue that it is unnecessarily intrusive and ineffective,” he added. “The fact that TSA would stonewall basic information about potentially egregious and criminal assaults on airline passengers is a further proof this agency is out of control.”

 

The legal action is connected to a March FOIA request that asked DHS for information about passenger complaints about sexual harassment.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/08/21/obama-administration-sued-for-data-on-sexual-misconduct-by-tsa-airport-screeners/

 Judicial Watch Sues TSA over Cover-Up: Passenger Complaints “Assaults Relating to Sexual Misconduct”

http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-sues-tsa-cover-passenger-complaints-assaults-relating-sexual-misconduct/

TSA Used Cowardly Americans and the Media to Waste Millions on Useless Scanners

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For years TSA derisively criticize opponents to the naked scanners became mandatory in after October of 2010. In a disturbing revelation of American cowardice, many spineless Americans were also critical of the scanner opponents and allowed TSA to what scan their children to produce what an image that was later revealed to constitute child pornography.

When engineer blogger Jon Corbett defeated both the backscatter x-ray (Rapi-Scan) and millimeter wave scanners (ProVision) in 2012, TSA told the obedient mainstream media not to cover the story and, being the Administration lapdogs that they are, quickly clammed on any coverage of the story and perpetuated lies that put hundreds of millions of air travelers at risk by relying on failed technology that was known to be fatally flawed.

Even now many media outlets claim that the Rapi-Scan scanners are obsolete, despite the fact that they are in daily use in courthouses, public buildings and prisons where their accuracy is even more critical. Further, the ProVision scanners currently in airports have a higher false positive rate than their Rapi-Scan counterpart. The only reason that ProVison scanners remain in airports is that they added privacy software and Rapi-Scan was caught faking privacy filter results.

As one blogger put it, “the only thing that these are good at is seeing you naked”. So dear reader, for over $300 million of your tax dollars that did nothing to protect you, the many pedophiles and sex offenders at TSA had a great time seeing you and your children naked. For all of the sheep that obediently complied, you are as responsible for this travesty as the corrupt perverts who forced this on America and equally reprehensible.

Researchers Easily Slipped Weapons Past TSA’s X-Ray Body Scanners‏

San Diego Union-Tribune By Gary Robbins – Aug. 20, 2014

Rapiscan System’s Secure 1000 was used at dozens of airports between 2009 and 2013, including, for a time, San Diego’s Lindbergh Field. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) ordered the scanners to be removed last year because they produced nearly nude images of passengers, stirring an uproar over privacy. Many passengers were also concerned that the low dose of radiation produced by the machines could damage their health.

The scanners are still used at some government facilities, including jails and courthouses, says the study by the University of California San Diego, the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University. The study was released on Wednesday.

Airports now heavily rely on so-called millimeter wave body scanners, a different type of technology that was not tested by the researchers.

UC San Diego said found the flaws in a Secure 1000 scanner purchased from an eBay seller who got the machine at a surplus auction at a U.S. government facility in Europe.

Rapiscan System’s Secure 1000 was used at dozens of airports between 2009 and 2013, including, for a time, San Diego’s Lindbergh Field. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) ordered the scanners to be removed last year because they produced nearly nude images of passengers, stirring an uproar over privacy. Many passengers were also concerned that the low dose of radiation produced by the machines could damage their health.

The scanners are still used at some government facilities, including jails and courthouses, says the study by the University of California San Diego, the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University. The study was released on Wednesday.

Airports now heavily rely on so-called millimeter wave body scanners, a different type of technology that was not tested by the researchers.

TSA Fraudster Roselani Wise to Face a Court

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In a follow up on a story that was covered previously, we see that the TSA employee who was deliberately and knowingly defrauding the agency and American taxpayers will finally be brought to justice and hopefully will now be costing tax dollars while behind bars instead of while molesting innocent travelers in airports.

Former DHS Fraud Investigator & TSA Employee Roselani Wise Goes on Trial for Theft‏
KHVH-AM – August 20th 2014
A former Department of Human Services investigator on Kauai will go on trial October 6th for theft. Fifty-one-year-old Roselani Wise of Lihue was charged with second-degree theft for allegedly receiving unearned compensation from the state. An investigation revealed that during the work hours in which Wise was being paid by DHS to conduct criminal fraud investigations, she was working at her other job for the Federal Transportation Security Administration at Lihue Airport, allegedly receiving more than $10,000 for work she didn’t do, between 2008 and 2012.

TSA Airport Screener Douglas Pineda Was Getaway Driver in Bizarre ATM Robbery

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Another TSA screener was arrested last week bringing this year’s total to twelve TSA implicated in significant crimes. This one was stupid enough to get involved in a bank robbery, which is a felony, prosecuted by the FBI and carries a much stiffer sentence than an equivalent theft committed in a non-banking business.

One does wonder whether the latex gloves Lopez wore were TSA issue that Pineda took from the airport.

So there is an upside in all of this, the bank gets their money back, the public won’t be picking up the expense to reimburse the bank and society will not have to contend with two imbeciles or have their children groped by a criminal low life.

ATM tech wearing burqa disguise arrested leaving bank with suitcase of cash

The Chicago Tribune – August 15, 2014 – By Jason Meisner

The late-night scene outside the bank in west suburban LaGrange unfolded like a bad Hollywood script, complete with a burqa-wearing bank robber, a suitcase full of cash, a getaway driver and an alleged plot to escape to a tropical island with the spoils, authorities say.

But according to federal charges unveiled in Chicago, this was no movie. As FBI agents watched in the early morning hours Thursday, ATM technician Gildardo Lopez Jr. walked up to the Chase bank branch at 14 S. LaGrange Rd. disguised as a woman with a black burqa over his face, a walkie-talkie connected to ear buds and carrying a black suitcase, authorities said.

Lopez slipped on a pair of latex gloves and went inside the bank’s ATM vestibule. When he emerged 15 minutes later, authorities said, the suitcase was stuffed with $168,174 in cash.

“There’s a lot of money in there,” the complaint quoted Lopez as telling FBI agents who took him into custody. Later, while under arrest at the LaGrange police station, he called his older brother and was overheard by an agent saying, “Call Leo, I f—– up,” the charges alleged.

Authorities also arrested alleged getaway driver Douglas Pineda, a Transportation Security Administration airport screener who was sitting in a Toyota Sienna minivan parked a block from the bank. Officers found a walkie-talkie with ear buds attached on the front seat, the charges alleged. When asked what he was doing there, Pineda replied he was waiting for his friend “Gil” and then pointed him out as the person authorities had just arrested, according to the charges.

In court Friday, the 31-year-old roommates from Chicago’s Southwest Side looked sheepish as prosecutors sought to have them held in custody pending trial, arguing they posed a danger to the community. Noting neither had a previous criminal record, U.S. Magistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier allowed them to be confined at home and released them to the custody of their respective fathers.

Outside court, Lopez’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, scoffed at the government’s portrayal of the bungling alleged criminals as dangerous or sophisticated. “It reads like a B movie,” Greenberg said of the charges. “I mean it’s really, really goofy.”

According to the charges, Lopez concocted the ill-fated scheme because he believed his job as an ATM technician for Garda Cash Logistics could be in jeopardy. On Tuesday, he told a coworker he’d noticed a lot of cash in the ATM at the Chase bank and asked the employee for an electronic key that would shut off the bank’s alarm system, the charges alleged. The coworker instead went to the FBI.

In order to gain access to the cash, Lopez also had instructed Pineda on how to call Garda dispatchers and ask for a one-time security code, according to the charges. He even wrote out a script for Pineda, with the words “Hello my name is” and “I work for Garda” along with an employee number. The script was later found in Pineda’s van.

At a meeting Wednesday night secretly recorded by his coworker, Lopez said his accomplice worked for the TSA and was going to help him escape to the Dominican Republic, where he often visited and planned to buy a house, according to the charges.

Lopez’s Facebook bio stated he’d worked for Garda since 2004. His profile contained a recent photo of him smoking a large Cohiba cigar — a brand manufactured in the Dominican. Another depicted a Dominican beach with lounge chairs, umbrellas and girls in bikinis. The caption on the photo read: “F— yesss!!!”

 

TSA Inspector George Hristovski Arrested for Soliciting Sex with 13 Year Old

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Yet another TSA worker has been arrested for a child sex crime bringing the total to 18 child sex offenders arrested at TSA in the last three and a half years. TSA Inspector George Hristovski, a 54-year-old resident of Sacramento, was taken into custody after requesting nude photos for a 13 year old girl.

Since 2011 at least 141 TSA workers have been arrested including 23 arrested for sex crimes of various type with children sex crimes nearly 80% of the total. Other crimes include roughly 40 arrests for theft, 15 for smuggling drugs and guns through security and at least three for murder.

In 2013 alone were 39 TSA employees arrested including 3 for sex crimes including 1 for child pornography, 3 for smuggling, 17 for theft, 1 for murder, 2 for assault and 12 for gambling.

As usual a TSA propagandist, this time spokehole Ross Feinstein trotted out he same tired old message “TSA holds its employees to the highest ethical standards and expects all TSA employees to conduct themselves with integrity and professionalism”. This is the same lie TSA used in past sex crime including those last year linked here, here and here.

In light of recent the Congressional calls to replace TSA and Administrator John Pistole’s evident indifference or unwillingness to reduce the persistent child sex crimes by those in his agency, Congress should require his resignation as a condition of any future funding of the agency. There should also be an independent investigation of his personal habits since this problem seemingly coincided with his arrival at TSA.

An old adage posits that “‘The fish rots from the head” and TSA is perhaps the most glaring example of this phenomena in Washington.

Federal worker faces child porn charges in Placer County

San Francisco Chronicle – Kale Williams –  August 6, 2014

A Transportation Security Administration employee from Northern California is facing federal child pornography charges after an undercover sting allegedly caught him trying to use Craigslist to solicit a sexual rendezvous with a mother and her young daughter.

George Hristovski, a 54-year-old resident of Elverta north of Sacramento, who says on LinkedIn that he joined the TSA in 2008, was arrested Monday after FBI agents raided his home. He faces charges of attempted production of child pornography and attempted enticement of a minor.

According to court records, an undercover investigator with the Placer County Sheriff’s Department found an ad in Craigslist’s “Casual Encounters” section last month that sought a mother-daughter tandem for sex. The undercover investigator began corresponding with the poster of the ad, while posing as a 30-year-old woman with a 13-year-old daughter, said a court affidavit written by FBI Special Agent Scott Schofield.

Dozens of messages

Over roughly three weeks, the investigator and the target – who went by the name “Greg” in e-mails – exchanged dozens of messages, initially through the anonymous e-mail service provided by Craigslist, but eventually with an e-mail address directly linked to Hristovski, Schofield alleged.

At one point in the investigation, Hristovski suspected something was amiss, the FBI said, and wrote, “I am trying to weed out cops, men pretending to be women and just want pics and stories.”

Hristovski allegedly sent pictures of himself to the agent, who sent pictures back of a Sheriff’s Department employee who agreed to pose as “Heather” – the mother – as part of the sting.

At Hristovski’s request, the FBI said, agents provided him with another e-mail address, this one supposedly belonging to the 13-year-old daughter, which he then used to solicit sexual information and photographs.

Based on the purported e-mail exchanges, investigators obtained warrants for records held by Craigslist and Yahoo. The records showed that the e-mail used in the exchanges belonged to Hristovski – and had been used to post sexual ads five times between July and October 2009, the FBI affidavit states.

The FBI said the Internet protocol address used to post the ads from 2009 was owned by the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the TSA, and that the picture on Hristovski’s LinkedIn profile is the same one sent in exchanges with the undercover agent.

When federal agents searched Hristovski’s home, Schofield said, Hristovski explained that if he had “actually received the photographs he would have contacted law enforcement to tell them what the 13-year-old’s mother had agreed to let her daughter do.”

He called it a fantasy

He denied any intent to engage in sexual acts with the young girl, claiming the e-mails were nothing more than a fantasy, the FBI said.

The TSA has suspended Hristovski indefinitely, and a spokesman said Wednesday the agency was in the process of firing him. “TSA holds its employees to the highest ethical standards and expects all TSA employees to conduct themselves with integrity and professionalism,” said spokesman Ross Feinstein. “These alleged crimes are egregious and intolerable.”