Federal Transportation Security Administration officials arrested Dawn Nikole Keka at Kona International Airport last Friday for allegedly stealing money from a passenger’s wallet at Kona Airport. Keka was a lead transportation security officer at the airport.
The TSA said it conducted a sting operation targeting Keka after numerous allegations that she was stealing cash from Japanese travelers passing through her screening lane. The criminal complaint filed in Federal court said a TSA special agent posing as a Japanese tourist went through Keka’s lane with 13 marked $100 bills in her wallet. The agent placed the wallet in a Hello Kitty backpack. The complaint says after the backpack went through the X-ray machine, Keka searched it with her back to the passenger. When the “passenger” checked the wallet, she discovered two $100 bills were missing.
TSA agents arrested Keka and found the two missing bills crumpled in her back pocket. They also found four other crumpled bills in her front pocket, two $100s, a $20, and a $10.
The TSA is also investigating some officers for failing to screen checked baggage for explosives. TSA has not said which airports are involved.