TSA turbulence grips Logan, nation

Jessica Fargen reports:

A recent data breach at Logan International Airport involving a TSA contract worker, coming amid other high-profile Transportation Security Administration lapses, casts another cloud over a federal agency engulfed in turmoil.

In the latest snafu, a Lynn couple is due back in court Wednesday, accused of selling the identities of at least 16 TSA workers at Logan. The ID data was taken by a female TSA contract worker who is related to one of the two Lynn suspects, according to a police report and sources.


In the Logan case, it is alleged that Tina M. White, 46, and Michael J. Washington, 48, got the stolen TSA employee names from Washington’s niece, a contract clerical worker in the TSA human resources department at Logan. She no longer works there.

The couple sold the names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth for $40 each to a contact who set up phony cable, gas and cell phone accounts, according to an affidavit in Lynn District Court.

The fraud started in November 2008 and continued through 2009. TSA Logan worker Laura Gigante said the theft has been devastating.

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