Albert “Shimon” Sontag, 79-years-old, and a notable community and non-profit leader in Ramapo, was indicted on October 31 by a Rockland County Grand Jury for the crimes of attempted grand larceny in the second degree, forgery in the second degree and criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree and offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree.
District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe stated that on or about May of 2014, the defendant submitted fraudulent documentation for the purpose of attempting to secure a tax exemption on a large parcel of land in Ramapo. Specifically, the defendant is accused of submitting a forged letter to the Town of Ramapo, purporting to be from an engineer. The letter asserted that certain steps had been taken in an effort to utilize the property in a fashion that would render the property eligible for a tax exemption.
Sontag was arrested on September 22, 2014 by detectives from the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office’s Special Investigations Unit.