“Chief Building Inspector Anthony Mallia was arrested tonight on 100 felony charges alleging he gave builders cut-rate fees, depriving the town taxpayers of more than $100,000.
Mallia’s year-long scheme involved falsifying building permits and grossly undercharging contractors seeking permits, Rockland District Attorney Thomas Zugibe charged. The lost money is based upon the estimated cost of 33 new residential construction projects during 2015.
Zugibe said the elaborate scheme allegedly orchestrated by Mallia sidestepped public safety. Rockland District Attorney’s Office detectives combed through Ramapo Building Department records to make the case, he said. [Read more…]