The former town supervisor of Ramapo in New York’s Rockland County has been found guilty in a corruption case involving the financing of a local ball park.
A federal jury Friday found former Ramapo Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence guilty of 20 of 22 counts of conspiracy, securities fraud and wire fraud in connection with municipal bonds issued by the town and the Ramapo Local Development Corporation. Many of the charges centered on issuing bonds to pay for the construction of Provident Bank Park, a minor league baseball stadium in Ramapo. Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Joon Kim says St. Lawrence lied repeatedly to the investing public about the state of Ramapo’s finances. He says the verdict is the first-ever conviction of a public official for securities fraud in connection with municipal bonds.