After an HBO employee
reported the theft of a $47,900 camera from a bag he had checked at
Newark in September, seller “alirla” posted the camera for sale on
DHS investigators used their own eBay account to place the
winning bid on the camera, and arranged to pay Brown through a PayPal
They gave Brown an address to ship where he sent the
camera and paid for shipping with his credit card. Authorities also
traced the eBay account to a Verizon Internet address listed to Brown's
fiancée Dee. The couple lived together at the Maplewood, New Jersey
residence where the Verizon account was registered.
When investigators raided
Brown's home on October 1, 2008, they seized 66 cameras, 31 laptop
computers, 20 cell phones, 17 sets of electronic games, 13 pieces of
jewelry, 12 GPS devices, 11 MP3 players, eight camera lenses, six video
cameras and two DVD players.
Brown confessed that he began
stealing two to three items per week from the airport beginning in
September 2007. He told authorities he put most of the stolen items up
for sale on eBay.
Brown faces up to 10 years in
prison if convicted.
Security Officers have been terminated for theft, or 0.4 percent of
those employed by the TSA since May 1, 2003.
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