Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe announced that a Rockland County Grand Jury voted for an indictment against Anthony Mallia, the Ramapo building inspector, for allegedly stealing over $150,000 in a yearlong scheme to falsify building permits and building permit applications.
Mallia, 52, of Airmont, will receive 188 different charges against him including: one count of grand larceny in the second degree, one count of grand larceny in the second degree, 40 counts of Tampering with Public Records in the first degree, 66 counts of Falsifying Business Records in the first degree, 40 counts of Issuing a False Certificate, and 40 counts of Official Misconduct.
“This case goes to the very heart of corruption,” said District Attorney Zugibe. “According to the charges, the defendant developed an elaborate scheme to steal taxpayer money rather than to ensure public safety and compliance. His breach of the people’s trust comes at a time when the residents of Ramapo are demanding honesty from their leaders. Such self-serving criminal behavior severely undermines public confidence in government and will not be tolerated.”
Mallia allegedly approved building permit applications which greatly underestimated the actual cost on construction and as a result, Mallia charged the contractors much less than required. He is also accused of filing fake records with Ramapo’s Building, Planning and Zoning Department, resulting in a significant decrease in the collection of fees owed to the Town of Ramapo.
District Attorney Zugibe said the investigation is continuing. Mallia’s indictment is pending and if convicted, faces up to 25 years in state prison.