A Rockland grand jury has indicted Spring Valley’s Chief Building Inspector Walter Booker and businessman Jacob Goldman for allegedly stealing taxpayer money and filing false certificates of occupancy for Goldman’s Zeissner Lane house.
Booker and Goldman were arrested in January following an investigation by the Rockland District Attorney’s Office and Spring Valley police as part of a joint task force with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in White Plains.
A grand jury heard testimony in the case last week, with Booker answering questions and giving his defense to the charges on Friday.
The phony paperwork authorized by Booker allegedly allowed Goldman to get $33,093 in property-tax exemptions in 2012, 2013 and 2014 from Ramapo and also operate two for-profit daycare centers at 9 Zeissner Lane that caught the attention of the Rockland Department of Social Services, the Rockland District Attorney’s Office said. The Department of Social Services investigated possible fraud with the state and alerted prosecutors. [Read more…]