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October 01, 2013

Twenty-one TSA workers and one American Eagle worker arrested in stolen parking placard case

Twenty-one Transportation Security Administration workers and a former employee of American Eagle have been arrested after a seven-month investigation into abuse of employee parking placards at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, airport officials announced Tuesday.

The airport’s Department of Public Safety reported last month that nine people had been arrested. The statement Tuesday added 13 to the tally.

One of the TSA employees, accused of selling the placards to co-workers, has been charged with felony theft of service, according to a news release Tuesday.

The former American Eagle employee and another TSA worker have been charged with Class A misdemeanor theft, the news release stated. Nineteen other TSA workers have been charged with Class B misdemeanor theft.

The investigation began in March when American Eagle officials reported to DPS that 129 employee parking placards were missing from the airline’s office in Terminal B.

"Further investigation revealed some of the stolen placards had been sold for $100 each to TSA employees, who were using them to gain access to DFW Employee Parking lots," airport officials said in the release. 

Those spaces normally cost TSA “nonmanagement employees” $34 monthly, or $400 annually, which includes shuttle service to terminals.

American Eagle issued a statement similar to the one it released last month.

"American Eagle has a zero-tolerance policy for this type of activity," airline officials said Tuesday. "We have worked closely with the DFW Airport Department of Public Safety to investigate this matter."

American Eagle said the accused worker is no longer an airline employee.

The employment status of the TSA workers could not be learned Tuesday afternoon. The greeting on the TSA regional office’s voice mail said the spokeswoman was on furlough because of the government shutdown.

Agency officials said last month that the original eight workers mentioned in the case had been placed on "indefinite suspension without pay."

-Bill Miller

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