Ramapo alarm company owner accused of filing phony reports

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The owner of an alarm company in Ramapo is accused of filing phony inspection reports for a Spring Valley restaurant.

Officials say Ben Klein, the owner of Trust Security, submitted false fire inspection reports and test reports for the restaurant. He is one of several others facing federal charges for illegally obtaining $14 million in federal funds meant to provide electronic equipment for local yeshivas.

Klein, 39, of Monsey, has already spent time behind bars. He was convicted of vehicular homicide in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in 2004.

Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski believes the state should revoke Klein's license. He says the state statute on alarm licensing is riddled with loopholes, which means if he is convicted on federal fraud charges the state may not be able to revoke his license.

Zebrowski is now working with the state to change the law in order to protect consumers.

Klein faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison if convicted.

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