Delta Employee Arrested After Bag Containing $258,205 Goes Missing at JFK
Quincy Thorpe, a ramp agent for Delta, was questioned by police and charged with a federal crime on Thursday for the alleged theft. He was released from custody after paying an $80,000 bond.
In a security surveillance video, Thorpe is seen scanning and loading eight bags onto Delta Flight 1225 to Miami, according to NBC News. However, Thorpe is seen putting one of the bags into a vehicle and leaving with it.
The criminal complaint written by FBI special agent Robert Carasiti said the bag contained about $258,205 in both U.S. and foreign currency. It was delivered to the airport by an armored car with the other seven bags, NBC News reported. The bag was not discovered to be missing until the plane landed in Miami, reported CNN.
According to CNN, Thorpe had called out sick for the next two days after Sept. 24, the day of the alleged theft. He told the FBI in an interview that he was aware of the contents inside the bags he was loading, however maintains his innocence in the matter.
“My client denies the charges and we are looking forward to our day in court,” Thorpe’s attorney, Lonnie Hart, told NBC News. “He had doctors appointments, that’s why he was out of work.”
According to NBC News, a search of Thorpe’s home did not turn up the bag of cash and it is still missing.
“The alleged actions of this employee are unacceptable and in no way reflect the professionalism and values we expect from Delta team members," Delta Air Lines said in a statement. “We are taking this situation very seriously and working directly with authorities on their investigation as well as conducting an internal investigation of our own.”
A future date will be set for Thorpe to appear in court. It is unclear how much in fines or possible jail time he might face.