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"Port Authority of NY & NJ to seek new airport security firm after employee's alleged ID theft"
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Port Authority to seek new airport security firm after employee's alleged ID
The Associated Press
NEWARK - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Tuesday it will
seek to replace a security firm recently involved in a flap over a Newark
Liberty Airport's employee's alleged fake ID.
Bimbo Olumuyia Oyelwole is led in handcuffs from Port Authority Police
Headquarters in Newark.
Port Authority officials met Tuesday with officials from FJC Security to
discuss the recent incident.
Last week Bimbo Oyewole, a longtime security supervisor at the airport, was
arrested and charged with ID theft for allegedly using the birth certificate
and Social Security number of a man who was murdered in 1992.
FJC employs between 800 and 1,000 security personnel who work at the New
York area's three major airports as well as bridges, tunnels and the World
Trade Center site.
Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye said he will solicit
proposals for companies to provide security at those facilities. He didn't
give a timetable for when a decision would be made on whether to keep FJC or
hire a new company.
"For now, FJC continues to provide security guard services at our airports,
tunnels, bridges and the WTC site," Foye said. "They have told us they
intend to compete for the right to provide the services we need to keep our
customers, employees and facilities safe and secure."
A spokesman for FJC says the company plans to take steps to ensure it
maintains its relationship with the Port Authority.
"FJC has always taken proactive steps to improve operations whenever an
issue has arisen," Michael McKeon said. "Our guards, who receive the best
training and must meet the highest standards in the industry, have helped
save lives and keep the public safe. We remain confident that if the Port
does rebid these contracts, and conducts a fair review of our performance,
they will find once again that we are the vendor of choice."
New York police don't consider Oyewole a suspect in the unsolved murder of
Jerry Thomas, who was shot outside a YMCA in Queens in 1992. They believe he
acquired Thomas' identification documents from a Nigerian cab driver who had
bought them from Thomas not long before Thomas' death.
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