A consultant has admitted taking part in a scheme to rig a New York election to get approval for lucrative residential real estate projects
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A consultant has admitted taking part in a scheme to rig a New York election to get approval for lucrative residential real estate projects.
U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman announced Tuesday that Volvy Smilowitz has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to corrupt the electoral process in Bloomingburg, New York.
The prosecution stemmed from a March 2014 election for the office of mayor and other positions in the Sullivan County village of about 420 residents.
The scheme involved falsely registering non-residents and offering bribes for votes that would help elect public officials favorable to the projects.
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It failed to corral enough votes to win approval for development that would have boosted the tiny village’s population by thousands.
Two developers were previously sent to prison in the case.