The criminal trial will begin Wednesday, April 9, with jury selection. After that, St. Lawrence faces the 22 civil charges brought by the SEC in a second trial. Then after that, he is being personally sued by Melissa Reimer, and that trial is on hold until after the first two federal trials.
“After nearly 17 years of running Ramapo and decisively winning elections, Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence will stand alone when his federal trial is scheduled to open Wednesday, April 19, in White Plains with jury selection on an array of corruption charges that’s left the town gasping for financial breath.
The outcome could likely change the face of Rockland’s most divisive and diverse town, especially if the 66-year-old St. Lawrence of Wesley Hills is convicted and forced to resign.
St. Lawrence has pleaded not guilty to 22 counts of committing security fraud and wire fraud contained in a federal indictment released in April 2016. He would face up to 20 years each on eight counts of securities fraud and 13 counts of wire fraud, and five years on one count of conspiracy. A sentence after conviction is determined by the judge.
The first step will be jury selection at the federal courthouse in White Plains. But once the preliminaries are done, the federal government is expected to bear down on the details of the alleged scheme.
Based on the criminal indictment, prosecutors will reveal a series of illegal financial maneuvers allegedly orchestrated by St. Lawrence that left Ramapo strapped for cash in order to finance an estimated $60 million baseball stadium and other projects under the quasi-government Ramapo Local Development Corp.
In promoting fabricated revenue numbers when obtaining financing, prosecutors will contend St. Lawrence and former deputy town attorney Aaron Troodler conspired to lie about the town’s financial health by hiding the town’s deficit to investors about the sale of $150 million in municipal bonds and defrauded Ramapo taxpayers and investors.”
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