Four American Airlines flight attendants were busted for alleged money laundering at a Florida airport, where officials found them with more than $22,000 in cash this week, according to a new report.
One of the attendants, Carlos Alberto Munoz-Moyano, 40, had just arrived at Miami International Airport from Chile early Monday when a Customs and Border Patrol agent conducted a routine check, according to an arrest report obtained by The Miami Herald.
Munoz-Moyano claimed he only had $100 on him — but the agent discovered $9,000 tucked away, according to the report.
That discovery prompted the agents to stop and check several other flight attendants.
Miaria Delpilar Roman-Strick, 55 was found in possession of $7,300, and Maria Isabel Wilson-Ossandon, 48, was carrying $6,371, the paper reported.
A fourth attendant, Maria Beatriz Pasten-Cuzmar, was checked in the Customs area, but it wasn’t clear if she had any money on her, Customs agents told the Herald.
Through interviews with the group, authorities determined that Pasten-Cuzmar had conspired with the three other attendants to transport US dollars into the country and deliver them to a “known person,” according to the report.
The attendants allegedly smuggled $22,671 in total — which they claimed they brought into the country on behalf of someone else — and said that they were supposed to receive 1 percent of the amount they were carrying, the report said.
Each of the attendants was charged with money laundering and unauthorized money transmitting between $300 and $20,000.
“We take this matter seriously and are cooperating with law enforcement throughout their investigation,” an American Airlines spokesperson told the Herald.
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