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4 flight attendants arrested on money laundering charges at Miami International Airport

Customs and Border Patrol says four flight attendants — clockwise from top left, Carlos Alberto Munoz-Moyano, Maria Isabel Wilson-Ossandon, Maria Beatriz Pasten-Cuzmar and Miaria Delpilar Roman-Strick — laundered more than $22,000 into Miami International Airport.
Customs and Border Patrol says four flight attendants — clockwise from top left, Carlos Alberto Munoz-Moyano, Maria Isabel Wilson-Ossandon, Maria Beatriz Pasten-Cuzmar and Miaria Delpilar Roman-Strick — laundered more than $22,000 into Miami International Airport. Miami-Dade Police Department

Three American Airlines flight attendants were found with $22,671 in cash when they went through a routine Customs check at Miami International Airport, Customs and Border Protection agents say.

CBP agents say those three fingered a fourth American Airlines flight attendant as the on-site director of the operation.

None of the four declared the cash, according to arrest reports. So, Carlos Alberto Munoz-Moyano, 40; Miaria Delpilar Roman-Strick, 55; Maria Isabel Wilson-Ossandon, 48; and Maria Beatriz Pasten-Cuzmar, 55, each faces charges of money laundering and unauthorized money transmitting between $300 and $20,000.

Each of the four residents of Santiago, Chile, remains in Miami-Dade County jail with a $10,000 bond and a hold for immigration.

Also, the reports claim the flight attendants said their pay for the cash smuggling was one percent of what they carried. If true, that works out to Munoz-Moyano risking jail for $90, Roman-Strick only getting $73 and Wilson-Ossandon doing the crime for only $63.71. That’s less than the $67.68 gross pay for an eight-hour shift at McDonald’s at Florida minimum wage.

After arriving at MIA on American 912 from Chile, Munoz-Moyano was put through a routine check conducted by a CBP agent early morning Monday, an arrest report said.

Munoz-Moyano told the agent that he only had $100 on him, but the agent found $9,000, the report said.

This caused other flight attendants to be be stopped and checked.

Arrest reports say agents found Roman-Strick with $7,300 and Wilson-Ossandon with $6,371.

The arrest report didn’t say Pasten-Cuzmar carried any cash. It did say the other three cast Pasten-Cuzmar as the one who “directed them to transport U.S. currency into the United States and deliver it to a known person.”

American Airlines told the Miami Herald, “We take this matter seriously and are cooperating with law enforcement throughout their investigation.”

Miami Herald Real Time Reporter Devoun Cetoute covers breaking news, Florida theme parks and general assignment. He attends the University of Florida and grew up in Miami. Theme parks are on his mind in and out of the office.
Since 1989, David J. Neal’s domain at the Miami Herald has expanded to include writing about Panthers (NHL and FIU), Dolphins, old school animation, food safety, fraud, naughty lawyers, bad doctors and all manner of breaking news. He drinks coladas whole. He does not work Indianapolis 500 Race Day.
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