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Convicted TSA screener comes clean

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A former luggage screener convicted of stealing $800K worth of items at Newark Airport has come clean.

Pythias Brown did jail time for his crime and now he's speaking out saying he's not the only one stealing items from travelers.

"I believe it is very wide spread.  I would screen the luggage through the X-ray, knew what I wanted, then I would take it… it was random. I took laptops, cameras, video games, watches…. Where we were behind the ticket counters there were no cameras," Brown told Good Day New York.

Brown, who served 28 months in jail following his conviction in 2009, says the majority of screeners are good people. Low moral and low pay were some of the reasons why he says he stole from travelers.

"There was no good reason to do what I did... I made up a lot of excuses," said Brown.

The Transportation Safety Administration issued this statement in response:

"TSA holds its employees to the highest ethical standards. TSA has zero tolerance for misconduct in the workplace and takes immediate action when allegations are substantiated."

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