Spring Valley Building Inspector And Haredi Homeowner Arrested In Corruption And Grand Larceny Case
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
The chief building inspector of the village of Spring Valley, New York was arrested today on corruption charges, the Journal News reported and haredi homeowner will be charged with grand larceny.
Walter Booker allegedly gave a haredi homeowner, Jacob Goldman, false certificates of occupancy so he could obtain tax exemptions and operate a daycare facility at the property in which Goldman also resides.
Booker was arrested this morning. A sources told FailedMessiah.com Goldman is turning himself in now andis scheduled to appear in court this afternoon.
The false COs allowed Goldman to get large amounts of property-tax exemptions over a two-year period from 2012-2014 for Goldman's private home at 9 Zeissner Lane. Booker also reportedly filed false certificates that allowed Goldman and a company he is linked to to obtain income from the daycare.
Booker is reportedly charged with one count of third-degree grand larceny, three counts of falsifying business records, four counts of issuing a false certificate, three counts of offering a false instrument for filing, which are all felonies. He is also charged with one misdemeanor count of official misconduct. He pleaded not guilty and was released without bail.
"The defendant held an important and potentially life-saving position, but chose to allegedly circumvent the system and violate the public's trust. His arrest shows that our prosecutors and law enforcement have zero tolerance for criminal conduct that undermines the County's mandate to protect its citizens,” District Attorney Thomas Zugibe reportedly said in a statement.
According to his attorneys Kenneth Gribetz and Deborah Loewenberg, Goldman will be charged with grand larceny.