Lasher Surrenders Registration with Prejudice Following Charges of Burglary
and Criminal Mischief
June 26, 2017
Today, the Commission accepted the request of Joseph Vieira to
surrender his registration as a maintenance man (lasher) with prejudice. He was
facing charges at an administrative hearing that he had violated the Waterfront
Commission Act because of criminal mischief in 2015, burglary in 2016, and a felony
conviction in 2017.
Vieira had been employed by A.G. Ship Maintenance Corp. as a cargo
container lasher at waterfront terminals in New Jersey. While registered to work
on the waterfront, Vieira was convicted of the following crimes:
- In September 2015, in Old Bridge, New Jersey, Vieira broke into a vehicle, causing $500 in damage. On August 5, 2016, in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Middlesex County, Vieira pled guilty to Criminal Mischief, a crime of the fourth degree, and, on February 3, 2017, he was sentenced to three (3) years of probation and ordered to pay restitution.
- In September 2016, in Old Bridge, New Jersey, Vieira unlawfully entered a vehicle and unlawfully took an iPad. On November 17, 2016, in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Middlesex County, he pled guilty to Burglary, a crime of the third degree, and, on February 3, 2017, he was sentenced to three (3) years of probation.
The Commission’s Notice of Hearing charged Vieira with a disqualifying
felony conviction in 2017 for burglary. The Notice of Hearing further alleged that
Vieira’s presence on the piers represents a danger to the public peace or safety
because of the criminal mischief in 2015 and burglary in 2016.
The Commission had suspended Vieira’s registration as a maintenance
man (lasher) since October 2015 in connection with the first of the above crimes.
Today, the Commission officially barred Vieira from the waterfront by accepting
his request for the surrender of his registration with prejudice.
The criminal matters described above were prosecuted by the Middlesex
County Prosecutor’s Office.