Authorities say he’d planned to pass off the cash to someone inside an airport bathroom, but they got to him first.
Jean Yves Selius, a Delta Air Lines ramp agent, was arrested Saturday at Palm Beach International Airport in Florida, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday. He was caught carrying $282,400 in a backpack.
Selius, 26, allegedly used his airport identification to bypass security checkpoints and enter a so-called sterile area. He was approached and asked to show the contents of his backpack.
Selius did do willingly, the complaint said, “revealing large packets of cash wrapped in clear, vacuum sealed bundles.”
He then proceeded to tell investigators that he was being paid up to $1,000 to give the backpack to an unknown person in a bathroom inside the airport’s sterile area, the complaint said. He’d allegedly done such drop-offs before, earning close to $4,000 for his work.
Selius only knew the men who paid him as “Ricky” and “John,” but admitted he knew the backpack contained a large amount of money that did not “come from a good cause,” the complaint said.
He faces a single charge of illegal money transmitting. According to The Palm Beach Post, records show that he made an appearance in federal court Monday and will remain in custody up at least until a hearing this week.
The case is not the first time airline employees have been accused of wrongdoing.
A JetBlue flight attendant was recently accused of leaving 68 pounds of cocaine at a Los Angeles International Airport security checkpoint.
And in 2014, authorities announced the breakup of a gun smuggling ring allegedly involving two Delta Air Lines employees at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.