Our maritime law firm has represented several cruise ship crewmembers, cargo workers and various longshoremen who have been wronged by their employers. Accidents leading to serious injuries and crimes have been reported on vessels and in ports around the country, but those who are guilty of negligent or criminal behavior don’t always get caught. It is in each victim’s best interest to seek legal help as quickly as possible in order to make sure their rights are protected.
A group of longshoremen may soon be calling on a crewmember claims lawyer after a fellow worker ran a scam trying to take their pay.
The victims may soon obtain justice, after the conman, a former longshoreman, was arrested for his crimes. According to authorities, the accused worker was sentenced to 30 months in prison for his role in what federal authorities are calling a long-running scheme to take down port workers for their Christmastime bonuses.
The former longshoreman, Edward Aulisi, pleaded guilty to conspiracy in court. He was sentenced in federal court in Newark on Tuesday. Authorities say Aulisi, 53, of Flemington, admitted to conspiring with others, including Genovese crime family captain Michael Coppola, to extort money from the dock workers. However, he was not alone in his scams. Aulisi was among more than a dozen people connected to the New Jersey waterfront arrested in 2011 and charged with crimes including running illegal poker games and extortion.
The arrests were part of a large takedown of alleged mob members and associates in the Northeast. Over 120 people were arrested during the raid.
This crime just goes to show that longshoremen and other crewmembers should always keep an eye out in case something goes wrong at work, whether it be an accident like a slip and fall, or a crime, such as in this particular case of conspiracy.
Whenever a longshoreman or crewmember has been the victim of an accident, injury, crime, or other injustice, they have a right to turn to a maritime attorney for assistance in filing a case and protecting their rights. The attorneys at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. have been named among the nation’s top lawyers protecting seafarer rights and strive to bring justice to those who have been wronged.
We represent a variety of cases, from injuries that result from equipment malfunctions, to cases in which workers are denied their rightful benefits, to incidents involving violent attacks or rape on the high seas. If you or a loved one was hurt in any way by an employer or fellow crewmember, contact our crew claims attorneys today to discuss your options in filing a claim and seeking compensation for your pain and suffering.
Published on January 31, 2013
Categories: Crewmember S.O.S.