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66 Indictments; 47 Airport Workers Arrested at Charlotte-Douglas Airport

Sixty-six workers were charged and 49 arrested at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, for allegedly giving false information to gain employment entitling them to SIDA badges, which allow access to secure areas of the airport. The charges include making false statements, using fraudulent Social Security numbers, and using false alien registration information. The 66 individuals are employed by private companies providing services at the airport such as food services; aircraft fueling; baggage handling; cleaning and housekeeping inside the airport, on ramps leading to planes and on airplanes; and ground crew operations. OIG investigated this case with the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Social Security Administration OIG, FBI, and Federal Aviation Administration, with assistance from the City of Charlotte.