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Pa. bag handler charged in theft of new $100 bills

October 23, 2012 7:02:23 PM PDT
Federal authorities in Philadelphia say an airport baggage handler has been charged with stealing $20,000 in a new type of $100 bill never released to the public.

Prosecutors say Alex Price was working Oct. 11 when a US Airways flight arrived from Dallas carrying millions of dollars in the new $100 bill. The theft of $20,000 was reported after the shipment arrived at the Federal Reserve facility in East Rutherford, N.J.

An FBI agent alleges in court documents the 25-year-old Price said he was the only handler with direct access to the cash. The FBI says after a polygraph examination Tuesday he confessed and led authorities to the missing money hidden in his car.

FBI personnel conducted a search of the white Nissan Maxima and recovered a blue draw string bag containing two bundles of the missing US currency which consisted of the new type of uncirculated $100 bills.


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