WHITE PLAINS – Developer Shalom Lamm pled guilty in White Plains federal court on Tuesday to conspiracy to corrupt the electoral process in connection with an election in the Village of Bloomingburg.
Lamm, 57, faces up to five years in prison when sentenced in September.
Lamm, a real estate developer, faced resistance in his efforts to build a large scale residential project in the village and paid people, some of whom never lived in the village or intended to do so, to register and vote in support of his candidates to ensure his project was approved.
The scheme, with which he was involved, also included 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 live there.
He pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to corrupt the electoral process.
“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,” said Acting Manhattan US Attorney Joon Kim. “The integrity of our electoral process must be inviolate at every level; our democracy depends on it.”
Lamm’s co-defendant Kenneth Nakdimen pled guilty on May 25 to one count of conspiracy to corrupt the electoral process. He is also scheduled to be sentenced in September.