An opinion piece by Bob Rhodes, posted on the PreserveRamapo website two years before the arrest of St. Lawrence on April 14, 2016, curiously foreshadowed the charge of “cooking the books” along with other similar details in the presentation by Preet Bharara in Manhattan last week.
Here’s the original piece:
Tip of the Iceberg
April 28, 2014 When a municipality transfers money from one accounting line to another it is supposed to pass a resolution authorizing the transfer. Under exceptional circumstances funds can even be loaned from one tax line to another, but they must be returned by the end of the year (with interest). Thanks to the persistence of Bob Romanowski we now know that $3 million in taxes that we thought we were paying for police services were transferred to the general tax line and never returned. [Read more…]