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Airport Security Company Pleads Guilty to Security Violations

Garrison Protective Services, Inc., a New York corporation, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Miami, FL, to falsely certifying from June 1, 1997 through July 31, 1998 that it had completed background checks on employees working in security positions at Miami International Airport. Garrison hired more than 100 airport security screeners and cargo handlers without completing the FAA-required verification of employment and criminal history checks. The employees were issued Secure Identification Display Area badges, which gave them access to secure areas of the airport. Sentencing has not been scheduled. OIG investigated this case with the Miami-Dade Aviation Department and was assisted by the FAA.