Former Longshoreman Convicted of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument.
January 25, 2012
On January 25, 2012, former longshoreman Anthony Bell pleaded guilty to Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Third Degree before the Honorable Judge Frank P. Nervo of the New York County Criminal Court. Bell was sentenced to the forty-five days imprisonment he had already served.
In 2006, Bell was given a lifetime ban from the industry by the NYSA-ILA Seniority Board in 2006 for excessive absenteeism.
When the NYSA-ILA Board lifted his ban in 2008, Bell submitted sponsorship letters from Maher Terminal and the NYSA-ILA Seniority Board to the Commission. However, the Commission denied Bell’s Request for Reinstatement to the Longshoremen’s Register as he failed to establish the requisite “good cause” for his failure to meet the work requirements.
On July 20, 2011, Bell submitted forged documents to the Commission in support of his second Request for Reinstatement to the Longshoreman’s Register. Bell altered the dates on the original 2008 sponsorship letters to give the appearance of a current sponsorship by Maher Terminal and the NYSA-ILA Seniority Board. .