Hillcrest Elementary Appraiser Pleads Guilty

The appraiser for the East Ramapo School District’s Hillcrest Elementary building pleaded guilty on Monday to charges of second-degree filing a false statement for which he was sentenced to three years probation, repayment of the $3,500 fee the school paid him for the job, a $1,000 fine and he will not be allowed to renew his license in New York for three years. 57-year old Avi Vardi was accused in July 2010 of accepting a bribe for $5,000 from the buyer of Hillcrest Elementary, though in Clarkstown court on Monday Vardi only faced the misdemeanor charge that he did not disclose that he had already been hired by East Ramapo when a New Square School attempted to hire him.

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