TSA seizes $75,000 in cash from Richmond passenger – and he may not get it back

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — The Transportation Security Administration confiscated a large bag of money at Richmond International Airport - and the man carrying it may not get it back despite not being charged.

The man who was carrying $75,000 in cash was stopped at a checkpoint because of his bulky bag, according to WTVR.

When TSA agents opened it they found stacks of cash in the carry-on.

WTVR reported that the passenger was not charged and was allowed to get on his next flight.

TSA then tweeted out a photo of the cash, angering many on social media.

An airport spokesperson told WTVR the money was later turned in to another federal agency.

Legal analyst Todd Stone said there are some statutes that allow the government to seize cash.

“The fact of the matter is that there are laws that deal with reporting cash that’s over $10,000 and there are also laws that deal with reporting it to the IRS,” Stone said.  “So the theory is when someone is carrying this much cash you’re trying to evade those laws.”


  • mark pen

    There aren’t any laws that says you can’t go around with 75K on you. & you can “WHAT IF”that law, “WHAT IF” if this law all you want, but there’s nothing illegal about carrying that much money. While I don’t think it’s all that smart, it’s not illegal. Give it back, with interest.

    • Matthew

      Actually, international flight. So it is mandatory to declare. They can’t stop you from taking it unless you *fail* to declare. In which case you could lose it all at either end of the flight as inbound passengers have to declare amounts such as this at many borders.

      • Mike

        There’s absolutely nothing in the article or the linked article that suggests the passenger was flying internationally. Just because it’s an international airport doesn’t mean everyone is flying internationally. This is yet another example of the blatant theft by government called civil asset forfeiture.

    • Jamie Hoggard

      But there are laws which allow law enforcement to take large amounts of cash from whomever they please. It doesn’t matter if you are on a plane, train, or driving ing in your own car.

  • david squires

    if you win the lottery and already paid taxes on that money,you should be able to fly with the cash to buy a new car.

  • Rob

    So, guilty until proven innocent because that’s the foundation this country was built on. SMH. We should all be appalled.

    • CaughtInTheCrosshairs

      We would be appalled but, far too many of us buy into the indoctrination that tells us, “if you carry that much money on you, you absolutely must be a bad person or, a criminal” and you therefore, deserve to have your money taken from you.

    • dutchs2014

      Actually, in civil law (which this is), the standard is “preponderance of the evidence.” For example, I once served as an expert in a case where a gas station was charged with leaking gas into the ground water. Even though the observed leak was too tiny to account for the quantity of gas, and there were other leaks in the area in the past, the preponderance of the evidence pointed to the gas station being at fault. Reasonable doubt? Yes, but more evidence against the station than for. So the station was found at fault.

  • Phil

    There are no laws about reporting over $10,000 UNLESS it is being transported to a foreign country (then it is to be disclosed) or he is a bank. Banks have to make reports for any transaction over $10k. NOT people.

    • Mike Ruff

      Pay attention it is now $5000.00 any type of transaction

      BSA manual:
      Transactions conducted or attempted by, at, or through the bank (or an affiliate) and aggregating $5,000 or more, if the bank or affiliate knows, suspects, or has reason to suspect that the transaction:
      May involve potential money laundering or other illegal activity (e.g., terrorism financing).54
      Is designed to evade the BSA or its implementing regulations.55
      Has no business or apparent lawful purpose or is not the type of transaction that the particular customer would normally be expected to engage in, and the bank knows of no reasonable explanation for the transaction after examining the available facts, including the background and possible purpose of the transaction.
      A transaction includes a deposit; a withdrawal; a transfer between accounts; an exchange of currency; an extension of credit; a purchase or sale of any stock, bond, certificate of deposit, or other monetary instrument or investment security; or any other payment, transfer, or delivery by, through, or to a bank.

  • JohnCutYourHead

    Cops do this all the time WITHOUT reporting it, I’ve had both cash and drugs seized, but it’s all good I found secretive ways to get back at those cops’ loved ones. Ask almost any Canadian that has been pulled over in America, or anyone that was pulled over with a lot of cash on them. Why should we all be forced to use banks? If I want to keep my money in cash under my mattress that should be my right. “Member FDIC” will not mean a thing if the government collapses.

      • dutchs2014

        Unless you have a petroleum tank or grain silo in your back yard, NONE of your wealth will mean anything. Your bank account and stock portfolio is just bits in a computer. Unless you physically own gold, all your “gold” is a piece of paper promising to pay you the gold. If you can find the holder and if he can (or will) pay you. Your guns will be useless against a large group of people with more guns.

  • JohnCutYourHead

    The fatty TSA twitter lady is just asking for it. One thing to seize if that’s what the law/her boss tells her to do, another to brag or rub it in and post pictures on public internet. It’s like when cops make a drug bust and brag about it or plaster the arrested’s faces everywhere. Taking pleasure from citizens’ own shortcomings or personal problems like drug use is a straight line to Hell IMO, especially bragging about it. I see it all the time. Local sheriff thinks he’s king of the world because he busted some harmless drug users. Too scared to go after truly violent criminals, usually.

  • libertyordeath

    Those laws your referring to cover banking laws. Not private citizens with there own personal belongings. If I was that guy they would have to kill or lock me up because I wouldn’t let them steal my personal property. I’d be vocal as fuck making sure everyone there knows there traitors and are strong arm robbing me.

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  • Frances

    TSA is saying they found $75,000, I wonder how much was in there before they took control of the money?
    This legalized theft is called civil forfeiture. They only have to suspect a crime, they never have to prove it. They can do it to any of us at any time. Our bank accounts the money in our wallets. Does not matter, all they have to do is suspect and it is theirs to take. NO charges, no courts no nothing. Any one else taking money from you like that would be charged with a crime but the govt. legally commits theft and gets away with it.

  • Dennis

    If I brought $75G with me in a bag, maybe, just maybe it’s money which was withdrawn from my bank just prior to arriving at the airport & was of course already taxed, who in the hell does our gov’t think they are that they think they can keep whatever they want & not give it back. I don’t blame them for doing an investigation it is a foolish way of transport, but we don’t know the situation. What if his loved ones are being held for ransom or was buying a vehicle after arriving at his destination & didnt want to wait for banks red tape, just saying, check out the situation quietly & if its on the up & up, return the money & at least fire that employee or sue the person responsible for posting something that should not have been posted until all inquiries have been exhausted, sometimes it could be a death sentence.

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