WTF Was A Guy Doing With $20,000 In Cash At JFK Airport (Besides Leaving It On A Luggage Cart)?

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The Queens County District Attorney's Office announced yesterday that a baggage handler at JFK Airport was arrested on theft charges after he took $20,000 from a computer bag a traveler mistakenly left on a luggage cart last month.

In its announcement of the alleged theft, the Queens District Attorney's Office fails to address what we consider to be one of the more obvious questions: what the fuck was a guy doing walking around JFK Airport with $20,000 in cash?

The office's spokeswoman, Helen Peterson, offered up a "no comment" when the Voice asked her that very question -- which only adds to the mystery.


For the vast majority of us, $20,000 is a lot of money, and not an amount the average person would pack for a vacation -- unless, of course, you're buying drugs, paying ransom, or bribing a New York City Department of Housing official.

Whatever the reason the victim, Anis Rehman, had for carrying such a large amount of cash, the alleged thief, 58-year-old Rajendranauth Ramsahai, is in some fairly deep shit -- he's currently charged with one count of third-degree grand larceny and one count of petit larceny.

According to Queens County District Attorney Richard Brown, on May 2, Rehman left his computer bag on a baggage cart at the Blue Parking Lot, lane 107, at JFK Airport between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., before getting into a vehicle and driving away.

A short time later, Ramsahai -- who worked as an employee of the private company that operates the baggage cart service -- was seen on surveillance video walking up to the cart, searching through the bag, and then taking it. Ramsahai later admitted that he had found a bag and that he took $600 from it -- he claims he spent the money on gas, fast food, and some other items, before leaving the bag and its contents -- sans the $20,000 in cash -- against a cement wall at a crosswalk near the airport.

"The defendant in this case is accused of taking advantage of the forgetfulness of a passenger who had just arrived from an international flight and mistakenly left his computer case - packed with $20,000 cash and other valuables - on a baggage cart in a parking lot," Brown says. "Airport workers should be helping passengers - not taking advantage of them. A lost bag is not an invitation to thieves."

If convicted, Ramsahai faces up to seven years in prison.


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Valet Parking
Valet Parking

One can carry cash with him there is no law that one cannot carry.But  The defendant in this case is accused of taking advantage of the forgetfulness of a passenger who had just arrived from an international flight and mistakenly left his computer case - packed with $20,000 cash and other valuables - on a baggage cart in a parking lot.The workers were not taking advantage of it  but god knows the truth.

Adam Smart
Adam Smart

That will get you a lot of parking for JFK airport at SmartPark JFK,

SickOfTheStupid
SickOfTheStupid

Hold one one second here ,Since when did cash become criminal ? Oh yeah I remember now it was our idiotic drug laws  making the claims only criminals carry cash. The mind set that allows for the author to imply that the admitted criminal is some how less culpable for the implication that only a criminal would even have that much cash and so thieves stealing from thieves is justified. You know what this is bullshit, this bullshit drug war has so poisoned weak and feeble minds into thinking everyday things like cash money are bad. Some would say that a cashless society is a crime free society . This completely ignores the fact our society's most criminal thieves are the corporations and politicians who for the most part never have to soil their hands touching cash , they use pencils and computers to steal more cash than a man could physically carry.   time to pull our collective heads out of our asses ans start recognizing propaganda and manipulation no matter how subtle.

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