Police: Flight attendant in US stole $5K intended for UNICEF
NEW YORK (AP) — An American Airlines flight attendant has been arrested after 700 pounds (317.5 kilograms) of coins intended for UNICEF were found in his car at Kennedy International Airport.
A Port Authority police spokesman said Wednesday 56-year-old Marco Costa was arrested Jan. 31 on possession of stolen property and other charges.
Spokesman Joe Pentangelo says the Miami, Florida, man collected $2,900 in Euros, $1,800 in British pounds and $150 in U.S. coins from passengers as part of a charitable partnership with the United Nations children’s agency.
He says bags holding the money in a car sagging low to the ground were found in October.
A spokeswoman says the airline is working with investigators. UNICEF says it values its 20-year partnership with American Airlines.
Lawyers for Costa didn’t return a message seeking comment.