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21 Newark Airport Employees Charged, 11 Arrested in Latest Sweep

Eleven workers at Newark (NJ) Liberty International Airport were arrested and 10 others were being sought in the latest airport security sweep. All 21 were charged with using false identification to get jobs at the airport that gave them access to high-security areas. The employees, all of whom worked for private contractors in cleaning and security jobs, had access to restricted areas around aircraft and in and around baggage-handling facilities. The defendants are charged with Social Security fraud, document fraud, or making false statements on their application for a security badge. The investigation was conducted by OIG, the FBI, INS, Social Security Administration OIG, U.S. Customs Service, U.S. Marshals, police with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and local law enforcement.