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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 2:20 p.m., Thursday, March 30, 2006

Former TSA workers admit stealing from tourists

By Ken Kobayashi
Advertiser Courts Writer

Two former Transportation Security Administration workers pleaded guilty in federal court today to stealing thousands of dollars as they screened the luggage of Japanese tourists headed back to Japan through Honolulu International Airport.

Benny Arcano and Christopher J. Cadorna now each face a prison term of up to 10 years when they are sentenced July 17, but both have agreed to cooperate. That could lead to a reduced sentence.

The two are the first TSA screeners here to be prosecuted for stealing from passengers.

Arcano admitted he took Japanese yen worth about $1,816 from a suitcase and put it in his pocket on March 4, 2004. He also acknowledged that he stole Japanese yen three other times. The amounts totaled more than $3,000 in U.S. dollars, his plea agreement said.

Arcano estimated that from March 2004 to 2005, there were about 20 other thefts totaling about $20,000 in U.S. dollars. He received from others about $7,000, he said.

Cadorna admitted to taking Japanese yen worth about $800 from a suitcase and stealing Japanese currency about eight times in 2004 and 2005. The amounts ranged from $300 to $2,500 in U.S. dollars.

Cadorna also said in his plea agreement that in 2004 and 2005, he received about $10,000 from other TSA screeners.

Federal authorities said the investigation is continuing. They declined to say how many others were involved in the thefts at the airport.