Former Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence arrives with lawyer, Michael Burke of Suffern, for sentencing for corruption-associated convictions at U.S. Courthouse in White Plains on Nov. 27, 2017.
WHITE PLAINS – Former Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence arrived in courtroom this morning for his sentencing on corruption-associated fees.
Earlier than sentencing the sixty six-yr-previous St. Lawrence, U.S. Decide Cathy Seibel heard arguments on a request from St. Lawrence’s lawyer to delay the sentencing till after Dec. 12.
Lawyer Michael Burke needed extra time to analyze the prosecution’s up to date estimation of the monetary loss suffered by buyers who purchased Ramapo bonds based mostly on false info from St. Lawrence. The U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace opposed a delay, arguing the estimated loss has been correctly calculated.
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Both sides offered Seibel their views on St. Lawrence’s corruption-related convictions in lengthy sentencing memorandums. Seibel, a former federal prosecutor, oversaw St. Lawrence’s jury trial from late April to the middle of May.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office’s 59-page memorandum recommended Seibel sentence St. Lawrence to 11.25 years to 14 years in prison based on the prosecution’s estimated $2.9 million financial loss to investors in a scheme involving municipal bonds.
Federal probation officials have recommended two to 2 1/2 years in prison.
Burke, in his 32-page court memo, suggested Seibel sentence St. Lawrence to probation. Burke argued the prosecution failed to prove its case and called the prosecution’s sentencing recommendation disproportionate to the crimes.
A jury sitting at the federal courthouse in White Plains convicted St. Lawrence on May 19 of 20 counts of securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy, acquitting him of two securities fraud counts. The conviction forced the Democrat to resign as supervisor after 16 years.
The case is likely the first ever municipal bond-related criminal securities fraud charges against public officials, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has said.