In six work days in September and two days in October, Arato allegedly accepted $3,100 in bribes that the co-schemer gave him as part of a sting set up by the police. Video recordings show him accepting money on numerous occasions.
Arato's lawyer, public defender John Yauch did not immediately return phone calls and emails to his office.
According to court records, on another occasion, Arato allegedly accepted $500 in cash that came out of an envelope with $1,000 in it at the lost and found office. Whenever the TSA agents allegedly stole a large envelope with cash, they would put it in lost and found in case the passenger came back seeking it. Once they left the airport without noticing the envelope missing, Arato and the co-schemer would go to lost and found and divvy up the cash.
When such a handoff occurred on Sept. 29 as part of the sting, Arato allegedly took the money and then "gave the middle finger to a visible security camera in the" office, according to court records.
During one recorded conversation, the two TSA agents discussed an on-going competition between them that involved stealing from passengers in the presence of their TSA supervision.
"Arato jokes that he wanted to steal in the presence of every one of his supervisors," according to court records.
Another time, the pair discussed how they did not feel bad stealing from foreign passengers who were leaving the country with "our money."
If he's found guilty, Arato faces up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 on the charge of conspiring to commit theft and up to one year in prison and a fine of $100,000 on each of the three counts of theft by an employee of the government.