The former town supervisor of Ramapo in New York’s Rockland County has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison after a jury had found him guilty in a corruption case involving the financing of a local ballpark.
Former Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence was sentenced Wednesday after being convicted in May by a White Plains federal court jury of 20 counts of conspiracy, securities fraud and wire fraud. The fraud pertained in part to the issuance of $25 million in bonds to pay for construction of Provident Bank Park, a minor league baseball stadium. The stadium cost $58 million. Prosecutors said the 65-year-old St. Lawrence lied to investors about the town's financial problems. Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Joon Kim says the case marked the first conviction of a public official for securities fraud in connection with municipal bonds.
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