Spring Valley building inspector set to face reinstated felony charges

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A new trial date has been set for a Spring Valley building inspector facing felony charges.

Walter Booker was in court today as Judge Larry Schwartz set his trial date for Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Prosecutors say Booker, who has been Spring Valley's chief inspector for years, faces charges including issuing a false certificate and falsifying business records. They say he helped aid a property owner unlawfully obtain religious tax exemptions. He is also accused of issuing false certificates of occupancy for the home.

Back in 2016, another Rockland County judge threw out all charges against him. A panel reinstated some of the charges this summer.

Booker maintains his innocence and says he is ready to go to trial. "I don't know how more innocent you can be than not having done something."

Booker's attorney wouldn't comment on the case but says they will be back in court next week. “We'll be here in court to face the charges. We're not going to try the case in the press. You'll be in the courtroom, which is great. We'll see you Wednesday," says Booker's attorney Michael Sussman.

If a jury convicts him of the felony charges, Booker does face time in prison.

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