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St. Lawrence Asks Judge To Throw Out Fraud Convictions

Christopher St. Lawrence
Christopher St. Lawrence Photo Credit: File
Acting Ramapo Supervisor Yitzchok Ullman
Acting Ramapo Supervisor Yitzchok Ullman Photo Credit: Contributed

Ousted Ramapo Supervisor Christoper St. Lawrence has filed a motion with the federal court in White Plains asking that his felony fraud convictions be thrown out for lack of sufficient evidence and judicial errors, said lohud.com .

Michael Burker, St. Lawrence's attorney, filed a three-page motion on June 2 with Judge Cathy Seibel, who presided over the trial that marks the first conviction for securities fraud in connection with municipal bonds.

The jury returned guilty verdicts on 12 wire fraud counts and eight counts of securities fraud. The 65-year-old St. Lawrence, who lives in Wesley Hills, was acquitted of one count of securities fraud and one count of wire fraud.

The motion, which included 19 grounds for dismal included such statements as the "verdict is contrary to the weight of evidence," and the "court erred in denying defendant's pre-trail motions."

St. Lawrence's sentencing, set for Sept. 28, could be delayed by the filing as each side has time to respond, or in Burke's case, to expand on his filing.

The 11 counts of wire fraud each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; eight counts of securities fraud, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; and one count of conspiracy, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Following the verdict, St. Lawrence was forced to vacate his position and Deputy Supervisor Yitzchok Ullman has assumed those duties.

Ullman will continue handling supervisor duties until the vacancy is filled after November's election, or sooner if appointed by the Ramapo Town Board.

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