updated 9/20/2011 2:20:14 PM ET 2011-09-20T18:20:14

A federal judge in New Jersey has sentenced a lead transportation security officer at Newark Liberty Airport to six months of home confinement for stealing money from passengers' bags as they underwent security screenings.

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Transportation Security Administration officer Al Raimi pleaded guilty in February, admitting he and his supervisor regularly stole money from travelers. He was sentenced Tuesday.

Prosecutors say the 30-year-old Woodbridge resident stole between $10,000 and $30,000 cash over nearly a year.

He's been ordered to pay $24,150 restitution and a $3,000 fine.

Prosecutors say Raimi gave a cut of the cash to his supervisor, Michael Arato, who pleaded guilty and was given a 2½ year prison sentence.

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