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Rockland County, NY - Report: Multiple Elected Officials And Chasidic Businessmen Likely To Be Indicted In Federal Corruption Investigation In Ramapo

Published on: March 9, 2016 11:00 PM
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Rockland County, NY - A three year long federal corruption probe is expected to create a major shakeup in Rockland County next week, with up to 50 people, the majority of whom are elected officials, reportedly facing federal indictments.

Several high ranking sources told News 12 (http://goo.gl/mpDu7f) that the FBI investigation focuses on the funding of Provident Bank Park, a Ramapo stadium that is home to a Can-Am league baseball team.  In addition to elected officials, the indictments are also expected to name several Chasidic businessmen with Israeli passports who illegally channeled money both to the stadium and to private yeshivas.

Federal agents raided the Ramapo Town hall in May 2013, spending more than six hours seizing boxes of documents as well as data files, as previously reported on VIN News (http://goo.gl/RPvQQe).  At the time, FBI agents refused to divulge what records they were looking for, noting only that the search warrant was under seal and not a matter of public record.  Speculation has lingered since that time that the search was related to the construction of Provident Bank Park, a project that was overwhlemingly rejected by voters but was approved by town officials, with questionable financing put in place that may leave taxpayers footing a hefty $60 million bill.

It is unknown if Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence who maintains close ties with the Chasidic community will be named in the indictment. St. Lawrence was unavailable for comment this afternoon.

The death of a Suffern man ten days ago may well be related to the corruption probe.  Sources said that 60 year old Thomas Vanderbeek, the county‚Äôs former director of transportation, was aware that he was under investigation by the FBI, prompting him to take his own life.


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 Mar 09, 2016 at 11:30 PM Anonymous Says:

Mostly frum are on the list. The FBI has tapes, videos and thousands of documents. What a shanda for us. Why can't we just be honest and follow laws? Is it worth sitting in jail and not seeing our Kinder grow up?

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 Mar 09, 2016 at 11:45 PM hershel Says:

Is there any news here? A raid 3 years ago that never amounted to anything may end up being something at an unspecified time in the future? We may continue hearing about this story forever....

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 Mar 10, 2016 at 12:02 AM CNN Says:

Tell the FBI to indict Hillary.

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 Mar 10, 2016 at 12:45 AM LiberalismIsADisease Says:

Lets just remember, INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY!!

Dont jump to conclusions just because someone was on the list.

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 Mar 10, 2016 at 08:52 AM hashomer Says:

I guess the 'chassidshe businessmen' missed the ethics classes in cheder. And we wonder why they hate us in Rockland and in Orange...

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 Mar 10, 2016 at 09:29 AM Realist77 Says:

Many people will come out and make the statement " They are anti-semites, and only targeting them because they are Jews". This could not be further from the truth. There has been ongoing corruption for years in Rockland. Their actions have caused them to be investigated. The daily chillul Hashem that stems from their total disregard to laws is embarrassing. All comes down to money and votes. They will clean up the corruption and hopefully start a new chapter with honest politicians and honest residents.

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 Mar 10, 2016 at 09:30 AM The Professor Says:

If they are indicted, tried and found guilty by a jury of their peers, let them be put in jail.

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 Mar 10, 2016 at 09:35 AM mr613 Says:

Many in the klal will now have to get jobs and work. The corruption is so deep and so wide it stems from the top to bottom in every aspect of government.
A word to the wise keep on the straight and narrow a "UnShmear" will end up getting you more then a year!

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 Mar 10, 2016 at 10:08 AM joseph Says:

This has little to do with Orthodox Jews. It is fraud in building a sports park.

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 Mar 10, 2016 at 10:17 AM monseyer1 Says:

This may just be mostly hot air, which channel 2 seemed so eager to report. Did you seem the smile on this reporters face?

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 Mar 10, 2016 at 10:21 AM Anonymous Says:

So it took 3 years to do a witch hunt and find 50 people with "crimes". (come into my or your office, take all my stuff and pour over them, I bet we'll all join these 50) Now some DA will feel good advancing their carrier, and 50 families and mostly good people who worked all their lives, will be destroyed. They did just this under the NKVD in USSR, and sent millions up north to enjoy the gulags...

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 Mar 10, 2016 at 10:24 AM Anonymous Says:

PS: the vast majority of the 50 are not Jewish and had nothing with any "Hassidim". This is a nasty witch hunt, and whoever thinks otherwise, let them for one minute imagine them being on this list. (and YOU are NOT perfect or fool proof. no one walks around with a lawyer. Whatever happened to common sense. This would not happen in Europe. only in the great American "Justice system"..

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 Mar 10, 2016 at 10:42 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

So it took 3 years to do a witch hunt and find 50 people with "crimes". (come into my or your office, take all my stuff and pour over them, I bet we'll all join these 50) Now some DA will feel good advancing their carrier, and 50 families and mostly good people who worked all their lives, will be destroyed. They did just this under the NKVD in USSR, and sent millions up north to enjoy the gulags...

Innocent? Millions and millions in kickbacks, illegal housing, fake identities. 3 plus years of videos, tapes and documents.

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 Mar 10, 2016 at 10:52 AM Anonymous Says:

Why is the response to any accusation of wrongdoing "Love me love my dog." Some indeed do bad things.

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 Mar 10, 2016 at 11:02 AM MonseyMan Says:

Lets hope that innocent people or people with minor infractions don't get swept up... We all know that St Lawrence is corrupt. I was wondering why it took the feds 2 years. I guess they were working on the others. I doubt that the actual number is in the 50 range.

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 Mar 10, 2016 at 11:35 AM monseyer1 Says:

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MonseyMan Says:

Lets hope that innocent people or people with minor infractions don't get swept up... We all know that St Lawrence is corrupt. I was wondering why it took the feds 2 years. I guess they were working on the others. I doubt that the actual number is in the 50 range.

How do "YOU KNOW"? because he does what every public servant, aka politician does, and actually listened and worked with the majority of town resident, (regardless, or despite their ethnicity) or is it because Preserve Ramapo, the losing hate group, keeps saying this as a fact? I wont be shocked if the est they come up on CSL will be the mishandling the stadium funds. He knew thew all along his enemies were looking over him and was smart enough not to be stupid.

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 Mar 10, 2016 at 11:57 AM Anonymous Says:

Whoever does not teach his son a trade, teaches him to be a thief. Yidden, get a profession and support your families honorably!

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 Mar 10, 2016 at 12:05 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
Anonymous Says:

So it took 3 years to do a witch hunt and find 50 people with "crimes". (come into my or your office, take all my stuff and pour over them, I bet we'll all join these 50) Now some DA will feel good advancing their carrier, and 50 families and mostly good people who worked all their lives, will be destroyed. They did just this under the NKVD in USSR, and sent millions up north to enjoy the gulags...

And what, exactly, is your experience in criminal prosecution and financial analysis? Can you please explain to me how you would be able to pore over thousands of documents, tapes, and date files in a short period of time? Keeping in mind, of course, that each piece of evidence needs to be summarized then compared to the other pieces of evidence. This is a massive undertaking that requires hundreds, maybe thousands of hours to coordinate properly.

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 Mar 10, 2016 at 12:37 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
Anonymous Says:

So it took 3 years to do a witch hunt and find 50 people with "crimes". (come into my or your office, take all my stuff and pour over them, I bet we'll all join these 50) Now some DA will feel good advancing their carrier, and 50 families and mostly good people who worked all their lives, will be destroyed. They did just this under the NKVD in USSR, and sent millions up north to enjoy the gulags...

these 50 mostly good people, who worked all their lives, have destroyed the Town of Ramapo. It will be a shame if their innocent families are destroyed, but its also been a shame what has happened to the Town

I write as a born and raised Orthodox Jew, and Town of Ramapo resident, whose parents have been here almost 40 years as well

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 Mar 10, 2016 at 12:41 PM Yossi Says:

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hashomer Says:

I guess the 'chassidshe businessmen' missed the ethics classes in cheder. And we wonder why they hate us in Rockland and in Orange...

sorry mr. hashomer.....they hate us everywhere, no difference if you are a ganef of a honest man..a jew is a jew

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 Mar 10, 2016 at 01:31 PM MonseyMan Says:

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Yossi Says:

sorry mr. hashomer.....they hate us everywhere, no difference if you are a ganef of a honest man..a jew is a jew

Yossi. Forget the 'they' we the residence of Ramapo are the victims of their corruptions. Who will end up paying the stadium bond?.. us!! the tax payers. etc. etc.. we are the victims not the goy from clarkstown.

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 Mar 10, 2016 at 01:46 PM jason Says:

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Yossi Says:

sorry mr. hashomer.....they hate us everywhere, no difference if you are a ganef of a honest man..a jew is a jew

An absurdly stupid statement. We live in a time where most people in the US are judged by their character and actions except perhaps by you.

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 Mar 10, 2016 at 02:23 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

And what, exactly, is your experience in criminal prosecution and financial analysis? Can you please explain to me how you would be able to pore over thousands of documents, tapes, and date files in a short period of time? Keeping in mind, of course, that each piece of evidence needs to be summarized then compared to the other pieces of evidence. This is a massive undertaking that requires hundreds, maybe thousands of hours to coordinate properly.

I know nothing about this situation. However, I have observed other situations in which there was a federal investigation. Let me share some experience.

The Feds do not favor taking a case to court to litigate. They are generally uninterested in the small fish, though sometimes some get caught in the web that is intended for the big ones. The Feds have several agencies that conduct investigations and law enforcement, and all are capable of working undercover. While there is potential to lose things in the confusion, usually one of the agencies takes charge. The investigations are extensive, thorough, and the Feds take their time. By the time they are ready to indict, the case is usually solid enough that seeking trial is the exception. It is generally at the plea bargain phase.

If the word is that there will be arrests and indictments, I assume that the evidence is puncture proof, and one can bet on the lack of innocence. "Short period of time"? No. This investigation involved a large team, and has been ongoing for quite some time.

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 Mar 10, 2016 at 03:57 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Mostly frum are on the list. The FBI has tapes, videos and thousands of documents. What a shanda for us. Why can't we just be honest and follow laws? Is it worth sitting in jail and not seeing our Kinder grow up?

Hopefully this investigation will go the same way Hilary's fbi investigation into her email scandal is going: nowhere,

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 Mar 10, 2016 at 04:01 PM Anonymous Says:

What's most sickening here is the willingness of fellow Jews to believe everything against their brethren and even to take glee in it, like hashomer obviously does. Hashem doesn't look favorably on this behavior, you can be sure.

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 Mar 10, 2016 at 04:17 PM chicagomaven Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Mostly frum are on the list. The FBI has tapes, videos and thousands of documents. What a shanda for us. Why can't we just be honest and follow laws? Is it worth sitting in jail and not seeing our Kinder grow up?

Thieves are not frum.

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 Mar 10, 2016 at 12:47 PM yossi Says:

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The Professor Says:

If they are indicted, tried and found guilty by a jury of their peers, let them be put in jail.

mr. professor: sorry I got nws for you: tried and found guilty and indicted does NOT mean GUILTY.: just for the record since Mr. Thompson became Brooklyn attorney general 17 people were released from life time sentence because the real truth is coming out now. Mr. Rubashkin is NOT guilty on what the jury found him guilty. Slowly the truth is coming out and what will you say then.
I invite you to join me one day to Otisville prison and speak to some prisoners and find out the real truth. Being a professor you should know better how corrupt the justice system is and I just hope that you never ever have to learn it the hard way.

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 Mar 10, 2016 at 04:27 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #18  
Anonymous Says:

And what, exactly, is your experience in criminal prosecution and financial analysis? Can you please explain to me how you would be able to pore over thousands of documents, tapes, and date files in a short period of time? Keeping in mind, of course, that each piece of evidence needs to be summarized then compared to the other pieces of evidence. This is a massive undertaking that requires hundreds, maybe thousands of hours to coordinate properly.

The FBI worked on this for over 3 years. They have all the documents and hasids turned on hasids to try to stay out of jail. Many wore wires. These are not nice people. One guy already committed suicide from shame. He knew he would face jail.....they all know now how serious federal corruption charges are.

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 Mar 10, 2016 at 05:12 PM davidlangner Says:

I have sat in federal prison. There is three sides to the story, the government, the defendant and the absolute truth. Dont judge someone until you are in their shoes.

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 Mar 10, 2016 at 06:51 PM NonFrumSuffern Says:

Don't believe all the stories of hate and anti-semitism. Most people from all corners of Ramapo are here to work and raise families and enjoy the area. Hopefully this will be an opportunity to actually work together with respect to find the balance that most people want. For ever person indicted there are probably 10 more that are problematic but the FBI can't firm things up the way they want. Every day is an opportunity to redirect toward a better path. Let's hope this is a good start.

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 Mar 10, 2016 at 10:32 PM Anonymous Says:

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davidlangner Says:

I have sat in federal prison. There is three sides to the story, the government, the defendant and the absolute truth. Dont judge someone until you are in their shoes.

Why were you in prison?

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 Mar 14, 2016 at 01:22 PM RocklandRes Says:

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hashomer Says:

I guess the 'chassidshe businessmen' missed the ethics classes in cheder. And we wonder why they hate us in Rockland and in Orange...

No reason to wonder at all.

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