Guilty Plea in Conspiracy to Corrupt Electoral Process in Bloomingburg
June 6, 2017
WHITE PLAINS – Shalom Lamm pled guilty to conspiracy to corrupt the electoral process, in connection with an election in Bloomingburg, NY.
Lamm pled guilty Jun. 6, before United States District Judge Vincent Briccetti in White Plains federal court.
Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said, “As he has now admitted, Shalom Lamm conspired to advance his real estate development project by corrupting the democratic process, specifically by falsely registering voters. The integrity of our electoral process must be inviolate at every level; our democracy depends on it.”
According to the allegations contained in the Indictment, as well as statements made in related court filings and proceedings:
Starting in 2006, Shalom Lamm, a real estate developer, sought to build and sell real estate in Bloomingburg, New York. From these real estate development projects, Lamm and others hoped for and anticipated making hundreds of millions of dollars. But by late 2013, the first of their real estate developments had met local opposition, and still remained under construction and uninhabitable. When met with resistance, rather than seek to advance their real estate development project through legitimate means, Lamm and others instead decided to corrupt the democratic electoral process in Bloomingburg by falsely registering voters and paying bribes for voters who would help elect public officials favorable to their project.
Specifically, in advance of an election in March 2014 for Mayor of Bloomingburg and other local officials, Lamm and others, and people working on their behalf, developed and worked on a plan to falsely register numerous people who were not entitled to register and vote in Bloomingburg because they actually lived elsewhere. Those people included some who never intended to live in Bloomingburg, some who had never kept a home in Bloomingburg, and indeed, some who had never set foot in Bloomingburg in their lives. Lamm and others took steps to cover up their scheme to register voters who did not actually live in Bloomingburg by, among other things, creating and back-dating false leases and placing items like toothbrushes and toothpaste in unoccupied apartments to make it seem as if the falsely registered voters lived there.
Lamm and others also bribed potential voters by offering payments, subsidies, and other items of value to get non-residents of Bloomingburg to register unlawfully and vote there.
Lamm, 57, of Bloomingburg, New York, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to corrupt the electoral process, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. The maximum potential sentence in this case is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.
Lamm’s sentencing is scheduled for September 28, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.
Co-defendant Kenneth Nakdimen pled guilty on May 25, 2017, to one count of conspiracy to corrupt the electoral process. His sentencing is scheduled for September 9, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.