State Going "Full Blast" With Theft Charges Against Former TSA Screener, Says Lawyer

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Toussain Puddie, the 30-year-old former TSA screener who says he mistakenly took home a Montblanc pen belonging to car dealer Rick Case, was arraigned on Monday for grand theft charges relating to the incident. Case's daughter filed a missing-property report with the Broward Sheriff's Office on June 6, and Puddie was arrested on June 22.

Now, fired from his TSA post following the arrest, Puddie says he's passing the days at home lifting weights. Meanwhile his lawyer, Leland Garvin, is mulling whether or not to request discovery documents from the state. Garvin says that these include an affidavit that Rick Case filled out after he was contacted by the State Attorney's Office.

But if Garvin requests the documents, it would prevent him from filing for "pretrial intervention," an option which would, with Case's consent, let Puddie off with a written apology and maybe some community service hours. Unless Garvin does make the request, the affidavit and other documents that may support the state's case are not available to the public.

On our original story, some commenters wondered whether grand-theft charges require the suspect to knowingly intend to deprive a victim of his property. Garvin says he's aware of similar conditions, but believes that a jury may be allowed to "infer" Puddie's intent, rather than just taking him at his word that he didn't intend to steal the pen.

So the state "decided to go full blast against him," says Garvin, pressing ahead with the third-degree grand-theft charges.

And if Puddie fights back, and the trial goes before a jury? "You might have jurors who were groped by the TSA, or who don't like Jamaicans," says Garvin. "Then he [would become] a convicted felon."

Garvin says that his client's family is "scared" of that possibility, and is pushing for the pretrial intervention with a guaranteed dismissal. Meanwhile, Puddie's friends have organized an online petition for the charges to be dropped.


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The Judge
The Judge

Lock this thieving punk up for a few years! ALL TSA fascist deserve to to go to Guantanamo, FOREVER!

Raise the Expectations!
Raise the Expectations!

Prison time!  Shame on him for perpetuating or contributing the perception that people of color are thieves & scammers -- he should be put away so that people can be comfortable knowing the distinction and be able to trust others -- not just seeing that he's either stealing from honest people or scamming unemployment & frivolous lawsuits.

DontTouchMyJunk
DontTouchMyJunk

convict that Gestapo TSA agent.  Let them know that they cannot hide behing a badge, molest us, and steal our stuff.  Let's make an example out of him for all other Gestapo TSA agents to remember.

Rob
Rob

Keep lifting those weight sweetheart.  You'll need those muscles to fight off the bigger badder criminals as they make you their b!tch.

You stole..........you pay the price.

And for fools that berate Rick Case for having a Montblanc pen...............get your head out of your butt..

Puddie is an employee of the TSA/DHS who commited a CRIME.  Plain and simple.  Remember that fact the next time you have to go to the airport.  He stole something from 1 person what's to prevent him from stealing from someone else? 

Blah
Blah

This man was put in a position of absolute trust in dealing with the public and their personal belongings.  When you pick up a Mont Blanc pen, there is little doubt of it's value, it's hardly a Bic.  Regardless of who it belonged to, there is no doubt that it did not belong to the TSA agent who stole it while on duty at his place of work.  A place where unaware and harried passengers routinely forget and leave their belongings, valuable and otherwise.  His job is in security and to protect the flying public, not to exploit his position of trust and steal their property.   

Bob E Sherman
Bob E Sherman

And to think I almost bought a car at Rick Case Hyundai.

Marlin43
Marlin43

Anyone who is sympathetic to this Uniformed Federal Officer who was in a position of trust, needs to have their head checked.  I can promise you that he more than likely took quite a bit more than a pen during his tenure at TSA.

I had a $250.00 memory card taken from my bag at MIA.  When I returned from my trip I filed a complaint with TSA.  TSA reviewed the security video when I was going through the checkpoint and it revealed him taking the card.  They questioned him and he admitted taking the card and detectives recovered 10 other memory cards that he had taken.  Unfortunately for this TSA crook his only punishment was termination, as the amount did not qualify for a felony.

We need to let these TSA crooks know they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

srsly
srsly

Another great example of what our legal system is capable of

Anon
Anon

"And if Puddie fights back, and the trial goes before a jury? "You might have jurors who were groped by the TSA"Every TSA agent should realize that this is a risk they assumed when they accepted the depravedness job of a TSA agent.  They had a choice.  They could have found a different job.  I feel no sympathy for him.  All TSA agents are criminals.

glass slipper
glass slipper

Hey Sheriff Al Lamberti, I am so glad you were able to find the culprit.

 Rick Case put in many long hours just so he could obtain the prized Montblanc pen and since it was so valuable he never let it out of his sight until one day at the airport and your fine detective work again proved its worth by tracking down the elusive Montblanc.

 Now how about spending a little time on the Chris Reyka case or maybe just a peek at Tom Wheeler and Dave Benjamins financial involvement with Ponzi Putz Scott Rothstien?

  And why did this pussy assed jerkoff Rick Case have his daughter file the charges for him? If his precious Montblanc pen meant so much to him he should have went to see the coppers hisself,WHAT AN ASSHOLE RICK CASE IS!

CriminalswithaBadge
CriminalswithaBadge

Does Mr Case commit grand theft every time he fleeces a Jamaican on a auto sale, how much does he make? Jamaicans stand up do not buy cars from him, If you can afford a Mont blanc pen, you can afford to loose it. The dolt left the pen behind. Sheriff have you finished your investigation on Bags Benjamin yet?

GuntherZorn
GuntherZorn

We'll never know the truth. Truth and justice aren't as important as conviction rate.

Why
Why

Why was a convicted felon working for the TSA in the first place? What was his conviction for? What are TSA's requirements for their screeners background checks?Mr. Kamph any additional info that you could report would be appreciated by your readers.

The Judge
The Judge

He only got caught stealing from one person, there were probably many more that he got away with. Lock him and the rest of the TSA fascist up FOREVER for violating the U.S. Constitution.

Rob
Rob

I"m going to get my next car from Rick Case just because you didn't.  And I"m going to shake Rick's hand and publically thank him for going after this criminal.

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Stefan Kamph
Stefan Kamph

Sorry, need to clarify: Puddie's lawyer was saying that Puddie would be a convicted felon if tried for this crime and found guilty. Puddie does not appear to have a previous felony record.

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