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Maintenance Man’s Registration Revoked After Thefts, Assault by Automobile and Other Offenses

July 12, 2021

The Waterfront Commission revoked the permanent registration of Robert Ward Becker, 41, of Pequannock, New Jersey, as a maintenance man, following a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) in March 2021. The ALJ found that Becker committed several offenses which rendered his presence on the Port of New York District a danger to the public peace in safety.

These offenses included:

(1) Four (4) occasions within the month of November 2016 when Becker shoplifted, or attempted to shoplift, from a Target store in Riverdale, New Jersey by placing price tags from less expensive products on more expensive products for the purpose of buying expensive products at an incorrect, cheaper price point. Becker was arrested for this conduct on November 27, 2016 and charged with Shoplifting, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11B(3), a disorderly persons offense.

(2) Becker operated a motor vehicle in Pequannock, New Jersey while under the influence of alprazolam ("Xanax") on February 20, 2017, thereby causing a motor vehicle accident which caused bodily injury to the driver of another car involved in the accident. Becker was arrested for this conduct on February 21, 2017, and charged with Assault by Automobile, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1C(2) (a crime in the fourth degree), Driving while Intoxicated, in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:4-50, and Reckless Driving, in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:4-96. He received Pre-trial Intervention.

(3) Between September 11, 2016 and February 20, 2017, Becker was abusing his Xanax prescription by taking more pills on a daily basis then was prescribed by his doctor and listed on the prescription bottle.

The ALJ also found that Becker had violated a provision of the Waterfront Act, Part I, Article X, Section 6(c), and Article V, Section 7(c), namely Section 1.11 of the Rules and Regulations of the Waterfront Commission, by failing to notify the Commission of both of the aforementioned arrests within twenty (20) days of those arrests.

In his report, the ALJ also noted that Becker failed to testify truthfully under oath on several occasions during his Article IV interviews with the Commission in 2019, and while testifying at the hearing, and that these lies, evasion, and inconsistent testimony demonstrated that Becker lacked the integrity and honestly that is vital to the fundamental operations of the Waterfront, and thus threatens its public peace and safety.

Thus, the ALJ recommended that the Commission revoke his permanent registration as a maintenance man, a recommendation the Commission followed.

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