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Foreman Barred from Waterfront for Thefts from Red Hook Container Terminal and Fraud

March 7, 2017

     Today, the Commission ordered the removal of “special craft” longshoreman Giandomenico Recupero from the waterfront by accepting his request for the surrender of his longshore registration with prejudice. That acceptance has the same effect as a revocation. Recupero had been facing charges in an administrative hearing.

     Red Hook Container Terminal had employed Recupero as the foreman of container crane mechanics. A Notice of Hearing charged that Recupero, while employed as foreman, had, without authorization, used his employer’s credit card to purchase $4,527.48 of goods for his own personal use or benefit without authorization. In addition, Recupero, as foreman, directed other crane mechanics to work on his boat instead of the work that Red Hook Container Terminal paid them to perform.

     The Notice of Hearing also charged that Recupero committed fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation during a sworn interview by falsely denying that he ordered mechanics to perform work on his boat. The Notice of Hearing further charged Recupero with falsely denying that he ordered one of the mechanics to purchase items for Recupero’s personal use with his employer’s credit card.

     Lastly, the Notice of Hearing alleged that Recupero’s presence on the piers or other waterfront terminals in the Port of New York district represented a danger to the public peace or safety because he misappropriated money from Red Hook Container Terminal and committed fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation during a sworn interview.

     The case against Recupero was the product of an investigation by the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, Police Division, Brooklyn Field Office.

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