HV Real Estate Developers Arrested for Voting Fraud

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced yesterday that Kenneth Nakdimen of Monsey, Shalom Lamm of Bloomingburg and Volvy Smilowitz of Monroe all face charges of conspiracy to corrupt the electoral process to advance their real estate development project in Bloomingburg called Chestnut ridge, a planned 396-unit Hasidic community, where the men anticipated making hundreds of millions of dollars. They are accused of an elaborate scheme to add phony voters to the rolls. On Thursday, the three Hudson Valley real estate developers were arrested and accused of rigging a local election that included putting toothbrushes into empty apartments to make them look occupied so they could pack the voter rolls with false registrations. According to Bharara, a fourth man, Harold Baird, a former town supervisor of Mamakating, entered a guilty plea to a charge of conspiracy to submit false voter registrations. Bharara said, “Profit-driven corruption of democracy cannot be allowed to stand no matter who does it or where it happens.”

(Soure: The Patch, Journal News, AP)

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