Aaron Troodler testifies in courtroom Might 1, 2017.
Former Ramapo Assistant City Lawyer Aaron Troodler’s sentencing on federal fraud fees has been rescheduled for Dec. 12, a few weeks after his former boss, ex-city Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence, learns how a lot time he’ll serve in jail.
Troodler minimize a cooperation cope with federal prosecutors and testified against St. Lawrence at trial over two days in April. His cooperation could lead to a lesser sentence. He faces a maximum statutory prison term of 25 years.
Troodler testified about how he and St. Lawrence cooked the town finances to ensure debt payments were made on its $58 million baseball stadium and other projects financed through the Ramapo Local Development Corp., the town’s economic engine. Troodler served as the RLDC’s executive director as St. Lawrence led the three-member board.
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Troodler told the jurors that he and St. Lawrence frequently bailed the RLDC out of tight financial spots by getting the town to send the agency payments that were used to pay pending bills rather than for their approved purpose.
“Much of what was happening there, a lot of the effort went to mask reality” with the RLDC’s finances, Troodler testified. “A lot of what I did was rooted in that culture.”
Troodler pleaded guilty in March to securities fraud and conspiracy.
In return for his testimony, federal prosecutors agreed to consider filing a positive recommendation for a lesser prison sentence with U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel, who has sole discretion on sentencing.
Troodler was also disbarred and admitted during his testimony that he lied to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission during a separate civil proceeding against Ramapo, St. Lawrence and several officials, including himself.
A jury convicted St. Lawrence of 20 of 22 counts of securities and wire fraud, and conspiracy. Seibel upheld his May 29 conviction. St. Lawrence intends to appeal after sentencing on Nov. 27, according to his attorney, Michael Burke of Suffern.
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Aside from Troodler, the jury heard testimony from other town officials, including Councilman Patrick Withers and former finance official Melissa Reimer. Both Withers and Reiman, separately, voluntarily audio-taped conversations involving St. Lawrence and other officials.
Reimer testified she warned town auditors about potential fraud and provided an audio-tape of St. Lawrence boasting about fabricating numbers.
Withers audio-taped several conversations, including St. Lawrence being told the town had not been…