American Airlines flight attendants arrested for smuggling cash into the US
Four flight attendants were arrested on money laundering charges at Miami International Airport.
Four American Airlines flight attendants are facing money laundering charges after they were caught with more than $22,000 cash during a routine customs check.
Carlos Alberto Munoz-Moyano, Maria Isabel Wilson Ossandon, Maria Beatriz Pasten-Cuzmar, and Miaria Delpilar Roman-Strick were arrested at Miami International Airport on Monday after arriving from Chile.
Customs officials grew suspicious when Munoz-Moyano claimed he only had $100 on him, before they actually found $9,000.
This prompted Customs and Border Patrol agents to search all flight attendants, uncovering $22,671 in undeclared cash.
According to reports, the four told law enforcement that they were promised a 1 percent cut of the money that was found on them.
The four defendants were charged with money laundering, which carries a maximum sentence of five years.
The four are being held on a $10,000 bond and an immigration hold.
American Airlines told the Miami Herald, “We take this matter seriously and are cooperating with law enforcement throughout their investigation.”