New York – It will be ten months in prison, a year of supervised released, 400 hours of community service and a $200,000 fine for Bloomingburg developer Shalom Lamm who pleaded guilty in June to conspiring to corrupt an election.
As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2A0Vqbz), Lamm, developer of Bloomingburg’s Chestnut Ridge townhouse project, could have faced up to five years in prison for conspiring to commit election fraud by filing false voter registrations.
According to the Times Herald Record (http://bit.ly/2zXQOTB), prosecutors said that in addition to placing household items such as toothbrushes in unused apartments to make them appear occupied, Lamm paid a Monsey rabbi approximately $30,000 a month to recruit students to pose as residents of the Orange County town and vote there, even though most had never even been to Bloomingburg.
Defense lawyers argued that a virulent anti-Chasidic bias in Bloomingburg drove Lamm to make bad decisions that he now regrets.
Lamm apologized for his actions today, saying that he is plagued by regret and wishes he had the ability to reverse his actions.
“In 2014, my actions and the actions of others, attempting to interfere with the election in Bloomingburg – the good people of Bloomingburg deserve more than that,” said Lamm.
A victim impact statement issued by the Town of Mamakating described Lamm and his fellow conspirators as far from innocent.
“They are cold and calculating plunderers of our community,” read the statement.