A flight attendant with 28 years of American Airlines (AA) service, Laura S. She was calm as she deposited her carry-on luggage on the conveyor belt of the X-ray machine. “I carry coins for purposes of solidarity”managed to answer the authorities of airport security police (PSA) who asked him about it “Elements of Inorganic Stability” which is displayed on the screen. But, I was lying. When he opened the suitcase, the uniformed officers came to know Two gold bars, one bracelet, one bracelet and one pendant.
After consulting with Economic Criminal Judge Marcelo Egunski, Aeronautical Police officers searched the veteran stewardess and in one of the pockets of the blue jacket she was wearing, They found three bundles of notes and three old coins,
But there was more, in two hand suitcases, the uniformed officers found nine more wads of notes, one gold ingot, gold leaf clippings, 27 pieces of jewelry, two watches, and one with a large number of coins of various kinds and denominations. Bag confiscated. ,
It all happened on September 23 last year, when the hostess as a crew member was about to board flight AA 900, which was destined for the city of Miami in the United States. Now, Laura S., 59, faces trial Offense of currency smuggling, gold bars, gold sheets, jewelery and watches in attempt degree,
after request from Economic Criminal Prosecutor Pablo Turano, Judge Egunski took the file up for trial. The debate will be reported to the charge of the Oral Economic Criminal Court No. 2 Country Legal Source.
“It may be concluded that the conduct described was knowingly and voluntarily committed by Laura S., and that she had control over the fact that she was imputed without any justification or excusable reason that might affect her liability.” He tried to illegally leave the country money and valuables, the origin of which is not possible to determine, in order to avoid customs control to which he had to submit, so there is no doubt that the illegal scheme resulted This was represented and desired, he continued with his conduct, without taking into account or raising circumstances that justified his conduct or protected him from reprimand,” prosecutor Turano said in the request for retrial.
As can be seen from the judicial file, the flight attendant was robbed of $11,413, 292,000 Colombian pesos and 19,360 Argentine pesos. Two of the watches discovered were of the Rolex brand and the other, Audemars Piguet. The total weight of the seized jewelery and ornaments was 2,200 kg.
The sources said an expert from Banco Ciudad, who was called as a witness in the case, valued the watches and jewelry at US$212,363.
In the first interrogation, the accused did not testify. He then filed a brief. “All dollars are mine. Some coins are mine and others are from collections, more precisely they are from many travelers who no longer use them and give them to us as donations. Regarding jewelry and gold bars , they are also mine and my brothers. We got them from a family heirloom a long time back. My parents passed away many years ago and one of my brothers passed away last year. My intention was to keep everything in a friend’s safe deposit box in the United States, which gave me peace of mind, considering the insecurity problems that exist in the country., I did not know that I could not take jewelry or gold, being part of the inheritance received, I was unaware of the existence of any prohibition in this regard, ”he explained in the above presentation.
The veteran flight attendant said: “With regard to the dollars, which were from my own savings and mostly from so-called ‘small faces’, I took them to be deposited into my account in the United States, the same as my commuting company collects expenses. I want to clarify that more than $10,000 (I knew I could not take more than that amount) was due to an illusion. Imagine that after working for so many years, I am aware of the limit of US$ 10,000 and that with the number of monthly trips I make, I do not need to exceed that cap. I can carry it with me on the next trip or another trip could “.
In a subsequent elaboration of the investigative statement and when asked whether he had documents to prove the origin of the gold bars, jewelry and ornaments, he said: “No, because that is all family, all inheritance.”
But, for prosecutor Turano, there is no doubt that the defendant tried to take advantage of her position as a stewardess to transport “third-party goods in return for a commission.”
The representative explained this in the following words in the request for an extension of the trial: “It should be noted that the defendant, because of his experience as a member of the American Airlines airline crew, with more than 28 years of seniority, not only neglected could not ban the export of jewelry, gold, watches (all with a value of US$212,363) and cash in excess of US$10,000, but rather sHe must have taken advantage of his position as a crew member of the commercial airline American Airlines, and generally controlled said personnel to cross airports and pass through customs for the transportation of third-party goods. goes. it’s a commission, In order to perform the said act and to be able to remove such goods from the country without attracting attention, the defendant proceeded to disguise the color of the gold with black paint, the two articles which turned out to be gold and weighed more And Mann.. Similarly, some part of the confiscated jewelry was worn as if it belonged to him, in a way that disguised it as not being his.