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Prominent Orthodox NY real estate developer pleads guilty to voter fraud

Shalom Lamm, a prominent New York Jewish real estate developer, pleads guilty to conspiring to commit voter fraud in an upstate New York village.

Lamm admits in a federal court in Manhattan to falsely registering non-resident voters in 2014 in Sullivan Country in order to elect public officials in the Bloomingburg village election who would be likely to approve a townhouse development for Hasidic families.

Lamm’s co-defendant, Kenneth Nakdimen, pleaded guilty last month.

Lamm, the son of former Yeshiva University president Norman Lamm, was planning to build a 396-unit housing development for Hasidic Jews in Bloomingburg, a village of 400 in the Catskills. As he encountered opposition from locals, Lamm and his colleagues allegedly attempted to commit voter fraud to elect politicians who would back the project.

Shalom Lamm. (Uriel Heilman)
Shalom Lamm. (Uriel Heilman)

The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and fines up to $250,000, or twice the monetary gain or loss. Lamm could be given a sentencing enhancement for leadership of a conspiracy, which prosecutors are claiming is the case.

— JTA

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