WAREHOUSEMAN APPLICATION DENIED BASED ON CRIMINAL CONVICTION AND FRAUD, DECEIT OR MISREPRESENTATION ON THE APPLICATION
February 27 2019
The Waterfront Commission denied the warehouseman application of Benjamin Lewis, 49, of Newark, New Jersey, following a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The ALJ found that Lewis’ presence at the piers or other waterfront terminals in the Port constituted a danger to the public peace or safety by virtue of his conviction for Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a crime of the third degree (equivalent to a felony). The ALJ further found that Lewis had committed fraud, deceit or misrepresentation in his sworn application by falsely denying that he had previously applied to the Commission for a license as a port watchman and failing to disclose one arrest in New York where he was convicted of Theft of Services and a second arrest in New Jersey.
Based on the ALJ’s findings, the Commission followed the ALJ’s recommendation and denied Lewis’ application.