The 54-year-old illegal immigrant from Nigeria was arrested Monday at his home in Elizabeth.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says he had worked at Newark’s Liberty airport for about 20 years and had passed background checks. He had worked under several contractors at the airport, most recently FJC Security Services. A message left at the firm was not immediately returned.
The man is identified as Bimbo Olumuyiwa Oyewole. His co-workers knew him as Jerry Thomas. He was due in court Monday to face charges including identity theft.