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Illegal Alien From Nigeria Uses Murdered Mans Id To Work At Newark Airport


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Man who used murdered man's ID to work at Newark airport sentenced to probation


Bimbo Olumuyiwa Oyewole, 55, of Elizabeth, pleaded guilty to using a dead man's ID to work as a security supervisor in Newark. He was sentenced to one year probation.

Amy Newman/The Record

NEWARK — A Nigerian man who came to the U.S. in 1989 and assumed the identity of a murder victim to remain in the country illegally was sentenced to one year probation today for using the fraudulent ID to work at Newark Liberty International Airport.Bimbo Peter Oyewole, 54, of Elizabeth, was sentenced to one year of probation by Superior Court Judge Peter V. Ryan in Essex County. Oyewole pleaded guilty on Sept. 7 to exhibiting a false government document, a third-degree offense.


He admitted he used the name, date of birth, and Social Security number of a man named Jerry E. Thomas, who was murdered in Queens, N.Y., in 1992, to obtain an airport security ID card, called a Secure Identification Display Area Card.


Oyewole used the SIDA card as a supervisor for FJC Security Services, a private firm contracted to provide security services at Newark Liberty International Airport. Oyewole was required to forfeit his position at the airport.


He was held in the Essex County Jail after his arrest on May 14 until his guilty plea, and was subsequently held on a detainer filed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He faces potential deportation.


Oyewole was accused of using Thompson's identification to obtain work, a New Jersey driver's license and a high school equivalency diploma. Deputy Attorney General Vincent Militello told the judge Oyewole had been using Thompson's documents for three weeks before he was shot outside a Queens YMCA.


Officials have said Oyewole supervised about 30 guards and had access to the tarmac and to planes. FJC was one of several airport security firms Oyewole had worked for using Thompson's name, having passed background checks at all of them, officials said.


Oyewole has not been implicated in Thompson's death but in a bizarre twist, officials said Oyewole rented an apartment on Pingry Place near the Rosemount Memorial Park where Thompson was buried.


Staff writer Steve Strunksy contributed to this report.



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