Another Hudson Valley Real Estate Developer Corrupted Election
A second local real estate developer admitted he conspired to rig a Hudson Valley election.
In Southern District of New York Court, 57-year-old Shalom Lamm of Bloomingburg pleaded guilty to conspiracy to corrupt the electoral process in connection with an election in Bloomingburg.
According to the allegations contained in the indictment, In 2006, Lamm and others anticipated making hundreds of millions of dollars by building and selling real estate in Orange County.
But by late 2013, the first of their real estate developments still remained under construction due to local opposition.
Lamm and others corrupted the democratic electoral process in Bloomingburg by falsely registering voters and paying bribes for voters who would help elect public officials favorable to their project, including in the 2014 election for the Mayor of Bloomingburg.
The fraudulently registered voters included people who never intended to live in Bloomingburg, some who had never kept a home in Bloomingburg and some who had never set foot in Bloomingburg in their lives, officials say.
Lamm and others created and back-dated false leases and placed items like toothbrushes and toothpaste in unoccupied apartments to make it seem as if the falsely registered voters lived there. He and others also bribed potential voters by offering payments, subsidies and other items of value to get non-residents of Bloomingburg to register unlawfully and vote there.
Lamm faces up to five years in prison when sentenced in September.
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