Airline employee cleared of theft charges
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- The airline employee who was fired after a passenger mistakenly identified her as the person who stole his wallet spoke out about her ordeal.
"I feel like rejoicing, I give thanks to God for carrying me through," said Marsha Henry. The former JetBlue employee was accused of stealing from an 11-year-old passenger who was traveling alone from Fort Lauderdale to New York City last August.
The ensuing theft charges got Henry fired from her position as gate agent. "It's been a nightmare for me, from the beginning until now," she said.
Henry indicated she had no interaction with the boy who identified her as the person who took his wallet that was strapped around his neck. "No, not at all," she said.
Daniel Aaronson, Henry's attorney, said the badge his client wore around her neck bears a striking resemblance to the boy's wallet, which contained his boarding pass and $200. "Marsha Henry carried with her-- as she is required-- this, which has a key and which has a clip-on," Aaronson said, as he held up Henry's badge.
Aaronson believes the badge was what caused the passenger to mistakenly pinpoint his client in the surveillance footage that eventually exonerated Henry when it became clear that she played no part in the wallet's disappearance. "Everyone who looked at the video interpreted this for whatever reason, I don't understand why, as the boy's wallet," he said.
Henry expressed relief that the theft charges are behind her. She said she hopes she can regain her reputation, which will hopefully lead to a new job. "The thing is, I have no job now," Henry revealed, "I'm on unemployment right now, and I would do anything to get a job because I have a son to take care of."
Representatives from JetBlue Airways did not return calls for comment about Henry's employment status.
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