- Four flight attendants have been accused by US authorities in Miami of money laundering.
- The American Airlines employees were found with more than $US22,000 in cash after returning from Chile, The Miami Herald reported.
- Officials said the group planned to give the money to a “known person” in the US.
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Four flight attendants for American Airlines were arrested at Miami International Airport on Monday after authorities found more than$22,671 in cash that the group is accused of bringing into the country illegally from Chile.
Carlos Alberto Munoz-Moyano, Maria Isabel Wilson-Ossandon, Maria Beatriz Pasten-Cuzmar and Miaria Delpilar Roman-Strick were booked my Miami Dade County police, records show, and now face charges of money laundering and unauthorised money transmittal.
The Miami Herald first reported on their arrest,
According to the paper, Munoz-Moyano told Customs and Border Patrol officers that he only had $US100 in cash, but when searched, was found to have $US9,000. On Roman-Strick, authorities found $US7,300, and on Wilson-Ossandon they found $US7,371.
The agency did not say if it found any money on the fourth attendant, or what her alleged role in the scheme was. Officials said the group was conspiring to bring the money into the US in order to deliver it to a “known person.”
American Airlines said it is taking the matter seriously and is “cooperating with law enforcement throughout their investigation.”