Whistleblower back on stand at St. Lawrence corruption trial

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The prosecution's star witness was back on the stand Wednesday in Day 14 of Ramapo Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence’s corruption trial.

Melissa Reimer was Ramapo's budget director and principal money person for years, and worked very closely with St. Lawrence on everything having to do with the town's finances. 

Reimer went to the FBI in 2012 after she says she saw too many inconsistencies with how St. Lawrence tried to manipulate the town's general fund to make it appear larger than it was.

St. Lawrence is facing 22 counts of securities fraud for allegedly cooking the town's books to get better interest rates on the $25 million in municipal bonds he took out to fund Provident Bank Park.

Reimer testified that she consistently felt pressure from St. Lawrence to list revenues that the town hadn't actually received. She told the jury, to protect herself, she started secretly recording St. Lawrence and turned those tapes over to the federal government.

The jury listened to some of the recordings in court and heard the town supervisor negotiate with a ratings company to get more money for the town.

Reimer will be back in court on Thursday. The jury will hear more of the secretly recorded tapes where St. Lawrence is expected to deliver potentially incriminating remarks.


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