Two cargo handlers at Los Angeles International Airport have been charged with stealing gold bars that a Canadian bank was sending from Australia to New York.
During a stopover in Los Angeles, a box of 25 gold bars—each weighing one kilogram and worth more than $60,000—was missing from Singapore Airlines’ total cargo of 2,000 gold bars. A cargo handler, Marlon Moody of South Los Angeles, allegedly found the missing box of bullion near the Singapore Airlines cargo warehouse, placed it on a belt loader, and drove it to a nearby location where he removed four of the bars. He is charged with giving one bar to his colleague Brian Benson at a parking lot just outside of the airport. An indictment filed by the Justice Department states he gave another bar to a relative “and directed the family member to exchange the gold bar for a vehicle and/or money.” Moody then buried the remaining two gold bars in his backyard, according to the indictment.
The FBI recovered all four gold bars about two weeks after they went missing from the airport.
Moody and Benson were employees of Alliance Ground International, which provides ground handling services at Los Angeles International Airport. They are both charged with conspiracy and theft of an interstate and foreign shipment. If convicted on both criminal counts they each could face a potential maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison.