Former Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence sentencing has been rescheduled for Nov. 27 within the federal courthouse in White Plains.
Disbarred lawyer Aaron Troodler is scheduled to appear this morning for sentencing carrying hopes of being spared prison time for fraud as an award for testifying against his co-defendant, former Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence, who has been sentenced to prison on his May securities fraud conviction.
The U.S. Probation Office recommended probation and a $25,000 fine for Troodler, according to the former Ramapo town assistant attorney’s sentencing memorandum filed with the U.S. District Court in White Plains.
Troodler’s memorandum stated the U.S. Attorney’s Office has not opposed the sentence with three years supervision and would file a letter prior to sentencing that outlines the level and effectiveness of Troodler’s cooperation in the case against St. Lawrence.
U.S. District Court Judge Cathy Seibel has final say on whether Troodler spends time behind bars. She presided over the St. Lawrence trial in April and May and took Troodler’s guilty plea in March.
Both St. Lawrence and Troodler — as officials of the economic engine Ramapo Local Development Corp. — were charged with securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy involving the falsification of documents seeking bond financing for the town baseball stadium and other infrastructure projects. They also oversaw financing of the 132-unit Ramapo Commons condominium project.
The memorandum submitted to Seibel by Troodler’s attorneys says the government agreed Troodler played a minor role in the fraud, didn’t benefit financially, and has no prior criminal history. The memorandum notes his devotion to community service and his wife and their four children.
The memorandum also promotes Troodler as a family man who is primary caretaker for his four children — ranging in age from 7 to 19 — because his wife works as a school principal. They now live in Pennsylvania.
“This case is a deeply unfortunate aberration in Troodler’s otherwise unblemished life,” the memorandum states, noting Troodler’s testimony over three days in April and May tied St. Lawrence to the securities fraud conspiracy.
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Troodler, 42, admitted taking part in a St. Lawrence-orchestrated scheme to defraud investors in municipal bonds issued by the RLDC. Troodler served as the corporation’s executive director as St. Lawrence led the agency’s now-disbanded three-member board.
Troodler gave the jury testimony that tied St. Lawrence to create false revenues and various financial schemes to repay $25 million…