Man Charged with Forgery Pays Back Town of Ramapo

A man accused of attempting to file fraudulent papers in 2013 settled with the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office after pleading guilty on Wednesday. Shimon Sontag, the former president of the Rose Ocko Foundation, which provides assisted living housing in Ramapo, plead guilty to charges of third-degree forgery for filing false paperwork with the town, claiming that improvements had been made and construction could begin on the 34 acre of property in order to continue receiving tax exemptions. According to prosecutors in the case the property was tax exempt for years, though no building had been taking place. In Sontag’s deal with the DA’s office he was ordered to repay the town of Ramapo $55,129 for 2013, and he received no jail time.

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