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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

JFK Airport Cargo Handlers Arrested In Scheme To Steal Foreign Currency From Mail Carried On International Flights

Former Manager Demanded Kickbacks in Exchange for Assigning Cargo Handlers to Flights Known to Carry Mail Containing Foreign Currency

A criminal complaint was unsealed today in federal court in the Eastern District of New York charging five former employees of Aircraft Service International Group (ASIG) at Terminal One of John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK Airport), with conspiracy to steal United States Mail.  Rickash Gobin, Fitzroy Ragbeer, Franklin Beresford, Pedro Lopez, Jr., and Nick Sadler, also known as “Nickeya Sadler” and “Nicky Sadler,” were arrested earlier today and their initial appearances are scheduled for this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Vera M. Scanlon at the United States Courthouse, 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, New York.

The charges were announced by Robert L. Capers, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and Phillip R. Bartlett, Postal Inspector in Charge of the United States Postal Inspection Service’s New York Field Office.

As detailed in the criminal complaint, in a conspiracy spanning over four years, former ASIG cargo handlers Ragbeer, Beresford, Lopez, Jr., and Sadler agreed to steal mail from international flights arriving at and departing from Terminal One of JFK Airport, including Japan Airlines, Austrian Airlines, and LOT Polish Airlines flights.  The cargo handlers targeted mail they believed to contain foreign currency, including Japanese Yen and Euros, and then exchanged the foreign currency at currency exchange businesses at JFK Airport, and at other financial institutions. 

Gobin, a former manager for ASIG, allegedly not only failed to stop the theft of mail, but actively promoted it by assigning cargo handlers to flights where they could steal mail and demanding kickbacks of stolen currency in exchange.

“As charged, these cargo handlers abused their access to sensitive areas of JFK Airport to steal foreign currency from the mail and were aided by a manager who actively promoted their criminal conduct,” stated United States Attorney Capers. “Today’s arrests will serve as a warning that federal law enforcement authorities are committed to protecting the integrity of the mail and will hold accountable those that steal mail or attempt to profit from the theft of mail.” 

“These defendants and their supervisor were entrusted with the security of the mail.  They abused that trust when they stole foreign currency from the mail, violating the sanctity of the seal.  Postal Inspectors and their law enforcement partners vigorously investigate and bring to justice those who steal US Mail,” stated Postal Inspector in Charge Bartlett. 

Previously, on August 18, 2015, postal inspectors arrested six other defendants, including three former ASIG cargo handlers at Terminal One of JFK Airport, on charges that they conspired to steal from the mail and launder foreign currency.  The case against those six defendants, captioned United States v. Janvier, et al., Docket No. 15-CR-461 (ARR), is pending before United States District Judge Allyne R. Ross.

The charges in the complaints are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ian C. Richardson.

The Defendants:

RICKASH GOBIN
Age:  41
Queens, New York

FITZROY RAGBEER
Age:  58
Inwood, New York

FRANKLIN BERESFORD
Age:  26
Brooklyn, New York

PEDRO LOPEZ, JR.
Age:  34
Brooklyn, New York

NICK SADLER, also known as “Nickeya Sadler” and “Nicky Sadler”
Age:  35
Rockaway Park, New York

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 16-M-392

Updated April 27, 2016