Airline employees charged in cash-smuggling sting

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  1. Newscience

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    Fascinating story, why do they believe to get away with it? Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Not sure how they're allegedly defrauding TSA. It isn't like TSA gets to keep a percentage of money if it is properly declared.
     
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    A good point Counsellor. I suspect that, from the Federal prosecutors standpoint, the airline employees "...used their security clearance to circumvent TSA checkpoints and smuggle cash to secure areas such as passenger departure gates. In return, each allegedly received a payment from a cooperating witness who posed as a member of a drug-trafficking organization while working with law enforcement." These folks are likely going to have a long vacation behind bars, while their airline suffers from the negative press about their actions.
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    It other news... thousands of credit card points churners are arrested today at area CVS and Walgreen stores trying to circumvent "the rules" by purchasing Vanilla Reload cards with airline, hotel and reward point credit cards. Chris Mathews of MSNBC reports that these 1%'ers should stand in line like the rest of us at the airport and only fly in coach. Most will be stripped of Global Entry and Prepass privileges. It is expected that they will be restricted to flying only on Spirit airlines for revenue flights and will only be allowed to book airline reward trips on British Airways via London. Other rumors seems to hint that the punishment may also include permanent restriction to Southwest Airlines "D" boarding group and that they will only be allowed to earn Hilton HHonors points for hotel stays. Delta Airlines declined comment. Vice President Biden was unavailable for comment as he was en-route via Amtrak.
     
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    It's all part of the "kinder, gentler" TSA...

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    From the article:

    "This is a case where the government created a crime, where they sent someone who was working for the government out with huge amounts of cash to see if they could entice people to do illegal activities," Halpern said.
     
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    Such "stings" are often used in law enforcement. Law officers posing as prostitutes, money-laundering stings, etc. A good defense attorney is expected to make such a statement as above. He's not going to say "you're right, my client is a crook"! Whether it will work or not to absolve his client of the charges remains to be seen.
     
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    I think one determining factor is how much the undercover officers cajoled them into the illegal behavior. I'd say there's a fine line between voluntarily taking advantage of an opportunity and induced entrapment.
     
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    Agreed, but precedence is being set by the ATF stings for going too far.
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/05/29/atf-stash-house-sting-backlash/9719403/
     
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    Understand this was TSA. The ATF cases are setting the precedent for how far the government can go in setting up the stings to entrap folks. We are all responsible for the choices we make, these folks made the bad choice when given the chance. The point being was the TSA (or ATF) solely creating the chance where none existed?

    You are correct, time will tell. Probably in 4-5 years case have its final ruling, then be appealed by the loosing side.
     
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