TSA seizes $75,000 in cash from Virginia passenger, and he may not get it back

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) confiscated a large bag of money at the Richmond International Airport, according to WTVR.

A man who was carrying $75,000 in cash was stopped at a checkpoint because of his bulky bag.

When TSA agents opened it they found stacks of cash in the carry-on.

WTVR reported that the passenger was not charged and was allowed to get on his next flight.

TSA then tweeted out a photo of the cash, angering many on social media.

The caption reads:

“If you had 75,000 bucks is this how you would transport it? Just asking!”

Several people responded on Twitter asking why the agency was posting photos of someone's personal belongings.

An airport spokesperson told WTVR the money was later turned into another federal agency.

Legal analyst, Todd Stone, said there are some statutes that allow the government to seize cash.

“The fact of the matter is that there are laws that deal with reporting cash that’s over $10,000 and there are also laws that deal with reporting it to the IRS,” Stone said.  “So the theory is when someone is carrying this much cash you’re trying to evade those laws.”

Now, the passenger may not get the money back.