St. Lawrence trial day 13, May 9, 2017
After two weeks of listening mostly to the complicit and the compliant, the court now turned its attention to the courageous—the whistleblower who risked her job and possibly her career to report what she was seeing in the Ramapo’s financials crossing her desk. Melissa Reimer, the Town’s Supervisor of Fiscal Services and budget director, refused to listen to one-time finance director Nathan Oberman when he told her, “You do not have to do the right thing here, you only have to play ball and make the supervisor happy.” To do so would have made her an accomplice to the fraud she discovered in both the Town’s and the RLDC’s books.
Not only will the jury now get to listen to an insider’s narrative of what happened that resulted in the 22 felony charges brought against St. Lawrence, it’s expected that in the course of Ms. Reimer’s testimony the jury will be able to hear the voice of the accused supervisor in the form of iPhone recordings she turned over to the FBI. This could be the only “appearance” of St. Lawrence since the likelihood of his defense attorney putting him on the stand is remote. [Read more…]