Fraud, Deceit and Misrepresentation on Application and in Sworn Interview Results in Denial of Warehouseman’s License
September 19, 2017
Today, the Commission denied the application of Felix Jimenez Hernandez, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, for inclusion on the Waterfront Commission Register as a warehouseman. Following an administrative hearing, the Commission found that Jimenez Hernandez had been arrested for Shoplifting and subsequently pled guilty to the amended charge of Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition. In addition, the Commission found that Jimenez Hernandez committed fraud on his application by failing to disclose the aforementioned arrest and conviction, and further failed to disclose assistance that he had received in filling out his application. The Commission further found that Jimenez Hernandez committed fraud during his Commission interview, where he once again denied his prior arrest history.
After a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) to determine whether to deny his application, the ALJ found that Jimenez Hernandez’s presence on the ports would constitute a danger to the public peace of safety based upon his prior arrest for Shoplifting and that Jimenez Hernandez had committed fraud, deceit or misrepresentation on both his application and during his Commission interview. Today, the Commission adopted the ALJ’s recommendation and denied Jimenez Hernandez’s application.