Airport security worker facing 26 theft charges

A security screener working for the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority is facing 26 counts of theft under $5,000 following an RCMP investigation in March. - courtesy CATSA
A security screener working for the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority is facing 26 counts of theft under $5,000 following an RCMP investigation in March.
— image credit: courtesy CATSA

An employee of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority is facing more than two dozen charges of theft under $5,000 following a Richmond RCMP investigation, The Richmond Review has learned.

Yuriy Ruvinskiy, 38, made his first appearance in Richmond provincial court on Tuesday, where he was charged with 26 counts of theft.

Richmond RCMP Cpl. Stephanie Ashton wasn't able to provide many details, but said the charges against Ruvinskiy were first laid in March of this year and Mounties were brought into the investigation at the request of the transport authority.

Ruvinskiy was working at Vancouver International Airport, screening passengers going through security, she added.

Air transport authority spokesperson Mathieu Larocque told The Review late Thursday afternoon that the investigation was launched after one passenger made a theft allegation against Ruvinskiy.

Ruvinskiy, who was directly employed by G4S, was immediately suspended, Larocque said. He later resigned.

The allegations are that Ruvinskiy stole cash.

After Richmond RCMP were brought in to investigate, they reviewed security footage before the 26 counts were laid, Larocque said.

It is not clear whether that footage showed any other instances of Ruvinskiy stealing items money from passengers.

Larocque said since the air transport authority first came into existence in 2002, there have been only three cases involving allegations of theft.

"We want to ensure the public knows this is rare," he said, noting 50 million passengers are screened at airports across Canada every year.

He said steps have been put in place to protect both passengers and staff, including video surveillance cameras.

Ruvinskiy is expected to enter a guilty plea, and is next scheduled to appear in Richmond provincial court on July 8.

Neither Crown counsel Gerri-Lyn Nelson nor defence lawyer Martin Cuthbertson could be reached for comment.


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