GLENS FALLS -- A Glens Falls man who is on parole for a felony drug conviction was arrested Wednesday for indicating he did not have a criminal record in order to get a cab driver license, police said.

Joseph Bongiorno, 51, of Cherry Street was charged with second-degree offering a false instrument for filing after an investigation by Glens Falls Police, authorities said.

He applied recently for a license to drive a cab in Glens Falls, and when asked if he had a misdemeanor or felony record, he said no, Glens Falls Police Detective Lt. Peter Casertino said.

Bongiorno was convicted of a felony count of criminal possession of a controled substance in 2008 in what was then the biggest cocaine bust in Warren County history. Police said 6 ounces of the drug was seized from his then-home on West Mountain Road in Queensbury.

He was sentenced to 7 years in state prison in 2008, and was paroled on Jan. 7.

The arrest resulted in Bongiorno being charged with violating parole as well.

He was arraigned and sent to Warren County Jail.

Glens Falls Police officers Kyle Diamond and Brian Russell made the arrest.

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Forthepeople
Forthepeople

This is what is wrong with our world. Even after you pay for your mistakes you can't even get a job driving a cab if you have a record.
Who in the world hasn't falsified info on a job app.
Wasting tax dollars to incarcerate some one trying to find employment and do the right thing is ridiculous. I guess he should have applied for assistance and welfare and let the tax payer pay his way.

VileWeed
VileWeed

agreed

JoeMama
JoeMama

He didn't get in trouble for HAVING a criminal record, he got in trouble for LYING about it. Embellishing on a job app is one thing, lying about your criminal record, is another. He wasn't "trying to do the right thing", if he were, he wouldn't have lied. Let's not confuse the issue, or feel bad for him because you feel he got a raw deal. He lied.

If he was concerned about what impact a criminal record would have on his employment, maybe he shouldn't have become a drug dealer?

theMaven
theMaven

A tip of the hat to all the perfect people out there,
especially those who can sympathize with those down and out, who are just trying
to get back on their feet.

Those of us who know, see a world of a dozen people for every decent job opening,
where any blemish, like an arrest and conviction, leaves you out in the cold.

Nope, guess you're right joe, he should have just gone on to the welfare rolesw, thanks for clarifying that rof the rest of us.

5756917
5756917

Well said! He had 7 years to contemplate the errors of his ways, yet, apparently squandered those years ..........he couldn't follow the rules (laws) - was placed in prison- failed to learn.......DUH!

left ny
left ny

If everyone who ever lied on a job application were arrested and incarcerated there would be more people in jail than in the workforce. I never realized that a little white lie on a job app was a jailable offence if anything, you just wouldn't land said job. Its not like he's a pedophile trying to get a job at a daycare.

Forthepeople
Forthepeople

No one stated he was in trouble for having a record, I'm pretty sure it was stated for LYING on a job application. The only person confused is you. In the US it is estimated 40% of job apps have
some sort of lie. Obviously he was trying TO DO THE RIGHT THING,
Applying for a job and work for a living. I'm sure the pay scale of a cab driver far differs from that of one of the largest drug bust's in county history. If you have to lie to become a cab driver where else do you turn?

Houligan
Houligan

I don't have any respect for people that lie! If you tell the truth you don't have to ever worry about remembering the first lie you told so that you can cover it up with the second one.

Jonny
Jonny

I have no respect for those who think themselves better than they really are. It's a fact we all lie, each and every day. We lie without even thinking about it, or even realizing it. There are different levels of lying, but we all lie. Little white lies are still lies. This particular situation is one that causes America issues, we tend to penalize those who are charged with felonies for life, far beyond what incarceration term they received. There are many injustices in our current justice system. A little known fact: It is illegal to refuse to hire someone in NY because of their criminal past, unless it is relevant to their occupation. i.e. prospective accountant with an embezzlement conviction. Proving you weren't hired because of your past... next to impossible. How drug dealer and cabbie would be related... IDK.

LjLjLtLk
LjLjLtLk

Wow.....if the parole judge doesnt reinstate this mans parole woud be absolutly disturbing. People make mistakes and try to do the right thing sometimes but how can they when they cant find a job or get someone to look pastva criminal record. He did his time and is now looking to make an honest living but is put back in jail for a petty petty crime. Honestly you dont have to answer that question on an application. Next time leave that blank or write down will discuss if interviewed.

Solomon112
Solomon112

Please read the article. He lied on his government application for a cab drivers license not a job application.

johndalton
johndalton

Why was he arrested? he didn't sign it under pentalty of perjury did he? would anyone else been arrested for this, is the police checking every applaction, Is the police profiling this man?.This is a bad joke at this mans & tax payers expense!!! What ever happened to good old common sense! this guy should had been giving a apperance ticket (UAT) and given sentense of community service. I don't agree in how the police handled this case!

multitasker
multitasker

Hopefully this guy is out on bail so we are not feeding him 3 meals a day until he clears this matter up. He didn't rob a bank, right?? .It depends what county you are in for example in Washington county Judge Kelly McKeighan was assigned to a man arrested for Insurance fraud 80K dollars he agreed to a plea deal of 4 months and 5 years probation and restitution, not a bad deal. He should consider himself lucky, no I mean blessed because Judge John Hall recused this case due to a conflict of interest.This Info gathered from the Post Star online search it.
It would be different if he lied on an application and he was a sex offender who didn't register with the Department. That would be dangerous to society, this case my friends is just going to be costly to us all.

Solomon112
Solomon112

Don't we all know that we can't lie to the government. The government hates competition and lies are their forte.

hdekhtereva
hdekhtereva

This guy probably just really, really, really, wanted to work and be productive.... shame on him, hu?!

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