WAREHOUSE APPLICANT WITHDRAWS APPLICATION WITH PREJUDICE AFTER BEING CHARGED WITH VARIOUS VIOLATIONS OF WATERFRONT COMMISSION ACT INCLUDING CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS; FRAUD, DECEIT AND MISREPRESENTATION ON APPLICATION AND FAILING DRUG TEST
December 18 2018
Today, the Commission accepted the request of Leonard Vasile, Jr., 26, of Trenton, New Jersey, to withdraw with prejudice his Application for Registration as a Longshoreman, specifically as a warehouseman sponsored by Harbor Freight Transport Corp. He had faced 12 counts of violating the Waterfront Commission Act at an administrative hearing. The Notice of Hearing included allegations that he been convicted on January 29, 2016 in New Jersey upon his plea of guilty to Invasion of Privacy, in violation of N.J.S.A. § 2C:14-9B (a crime in the third degree), along with additional prior convictions for marijuana possession and contempt. Vasile was further alleged to have committed fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation by falsely misrepresenting his arrest and drug use history on his application. He was further alleged in the Notice of Hearing to have tested positive for marijuana in a drug test which he took on September 21, 2018.
Facing the aforementioned allegations of violating the Waterfront Commission Act, Vasile requested the withdrawal with prejudice of his application for registration. Today, the Commission accepted the request, thereby barring Vasile from working on the ports of New York Harbor.