Anthony Mallia, former Ramapo constructing inspector, pleads responsible in Rockland County Courtroom to first-diploma tampering with public data, a felony, and official misconduct.
Peter Carr/The Journal Information
NEW CITY – As promised when he pleaded responsible, former Ramapo Constructing Inspector Anthony Mallia has been sentenced to no jail time for costing taxpayers an estimated $one hundred fifty,000 by undercharging builders.
Mallia, fifty five, pleaded responsible in August to first-diploma tampering with public data, a felony, and official misconduct in an settlement with Rockland County Courtroom Decide David Zuckerman and the Rockland District Lawyer’s Workplace, which left the choice on jail as much as Zuckerman.
Zuckerman referred to as it “a really beneficiant disposition” when Mallia pleaded responsible.
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“Your lawyers worked very hard for you,” Zuckerman told Mallia. “Your lawyers convinced me to do something I was not going to do today. I would opine they are very persuasive.”
Rockland District Attorney Thomas Zugibe had defended the no-jail disposition by saying Mallia pleaded guilty to a felony, which bars Mallia from running for public office, if he so choses. Mallia no longer works as a building inspector.
Mallia originally faced 188 counts, including dozens of felony counts of both falsifying and tampering with business records.
Judge David Zuckerman speaks as former Ramapo Chief Building Inspector Anthony Mallia pleads guilty in Rockland County Court Monday, July 31, 2017. (Photo: Peter Carr/The Journal News)
Zuckerman kept his promise Nov. 6 by sentencing Mallia to five years probation, a demand by his lawyers that avoided a trial. Mallia’s attorneys presented their analysis of the prosecution’s case to the judge.
Zugibe has said Mallia undercharged contractors for building permits, and over-charged the Moleston Fire District by $75,000 for a building permits for its firehouse on Route 45 in Hillburn. Ramapo determines building permit fees based on the value of the planned construction, but the cost can be arbitrary.
“His breach of the people’s trust comes at a time when the residents of Ramapo are demanding honesty from their leaders,” Zugibe said. “Such self-serving criminal behavior severely undermines public confidence in government and will not be tolerated.”
Mallia had been arrested in September 2016 following an investigation by the District Attorney’s Office-FBI anti-corruption task force.
Mallia left town employment in June when the Town Board and his attorneys approved a buy-out. As part of the agreement, Mallia resigned immediately with four months of pay and 350 hours of accrued time…