Former Spring Valley Deputy Mayor Pleads Guilty

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office former Spring Valley Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret could face seven to nine years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to Federal charges of mail fraud and extortion. Desmaret admitted to taking $10,500 from a real estate developer undercover for the FBI, and was caught on camera and audio surveillance discussing the bribe, which he took in exchange of his support of a kosher catering hall to be built in the village. Former mayor Noramie Jasmin is also under investigation and is accused of asking for fifty percent of the business in exchanges for her support for the same catering hall. According to her attorney they will be fighting the wire fraud and extortion charges against her. Desmaret’s lawyer Kenneth Gribetz stated that his client was remorseful about his role in the bribe and he will be requesting a lesser sentence. Desmaret will be sentenced on May 22 by Judge Kenneth Karas.

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