On Thursday, it was announced that a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent had been convicted of stealing cash from an overseas passenger at the screening station of the O’Hare International Airport. The jury concluded that Salvatore Picardi took $5,000 in cash from a female passenger after she arrived on a flight from China. The victim discovered that the money was missing after the customs inspection had ended and she was allowed to leave.
While other officers began searching for the money, Pircardi attempted to avoid detection by stuffing the cash into a jacket belonging to the woman. Then, he claimed he had discovered it. Unfortunately, the jacket had been searched multiple times ahead of the supposed discovery.
38-year-old Salvatore Picardi of Park Ridge was convicted on a single count of embezzlement by a federal officer under color of law. The jury returned the guilty verdict on Wednesday at the conclusion of a three-day trial in a Chicago courtroom.
The defendant faces a maximum of ten years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on December 12, 2017.