Feds Sued Over $82,000 Seized at Pittsburgh International

Woman Claims Cash Was Dad's Retirement Savings

Joe DeStio
January 16, 2020 - 1:19 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A former Pittsburgh woman is suing two federal agencies, claiming the Drug Enforcement Administration and Transportation Security Administration seized more than $82,000 from her at Pittsburgh International Airport and won't give it back.

Rebecca Brown of Lowell, Massachusetts says her 79 year old father, Terry Rolin of South Fayette, gave her the cash on a Sunday night last August. She says she didn't have time to deposit it before her Monday morning flight home.

"The DEA just reached into my pocket and took my dad's life savings," according to Brown.

She says an agent questioned her about the cash and called her father at 7 am to confirm her story. 

"The DEA agent then said your stories didn't match and I kept saying, 'of course they didn't match he's half asleep,' and he said we're seizing the money," according to Brown. "And that's the last we saw of it, August 26 at 8 o'clock in the morning."

Brown and her father are working with the non-profit Institute for Justice which is seeking class action status in behalf of others who have had money confiscated at airports without facing any charges.

"It's just appalling that they can do that to people. They can take your money out of your pocket and that you have to go through all these steps to claim your own money," said Brown.
Both the DEA and TSA say they can't comment on pending litigation.

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