Selius told authorities that he was being paid $900 to $1,000 to give the backpack in an airport bathroom to an unidentified traveler heading to LaGuardia Airport. Selius also said that men he knew only as “Ricky” and “John” had been paying him for around one year to make the drop-offs. The two men paid Selius $3,900 for four deliveries prior to his arrest on Saturday, he said.
Selius said the men approached him after learning he worked at the airport and admitted he knew the money did not “come from a good cause,” the affidavit said.
Court records show that Selius made an appearance in federal court Monday and will remain locked up at least until a hearing later this week.
Selius faces a charge of illegal money transmitting, which could result in five years in prison and possible deportation.