Newark airport screener charged in theft of cash

(AP) - Federal authorities say a security screening supervisor stole as much as $700 a day from travelers passingthrough his checkpoint at Newark Liberty International

NEWARK - (AP) - Federal authorities say a security screening supervisor stole as much as $700 a day from travelers passingthrough his checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Forty-one-year-old Michael Arato of Ewing was arrested Tuesdayfollowing a five-week investigation.

Investigators say Arato also accepted kickbacks and bribes froma co-worker who also stole cash from passengers' bags. That person,who was not named, has been cooperating with the federalinvestigation.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Arato and the "co-schemer"targeted non-English-speaking victims, particularly women returningto India on a daily flight from Newark.

An after-hours message left for Arato's lawyer, assistantfederal public defender John Yauch, was not immediatelyreturned.

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