Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Now that's messed up!
From Eyewitness News:
Investigators have arrested three people accused in an elaborate scheme to frame an innocent Far Rockaway woman.
She was accused in May 2010 of impersonating a police officer and robbing victims at gunpoint, but it has turned out to be all a lie.
Within the last week, an informant told the Nassau County DA's office that Seemona Sumasar, 35, had been framed by an ex-boyfriend. Sumasar was being held in the Nassau jail for crimes that never took place, the informant claimed.
After the district attorney's office corroborated the informant's account, Sumasar was released from jail On Thursday.
District Attorney Kathleen Rice said that Jerry Ramrattan, 38, of East Elmhurst, promised to pay off two "witnesses" in Nassau County to lie to authorities that Sumasar, along with a male accomplice, had conducted a number of gunpoint robberies while Sumasar and the accomplice impersonated police officers.
Investigators then questioned each witness, who they say separately confessed that Ramrattan promised to pay them to report false incidents regarding Sumasar. Ramrattan coached the false witnesses to give police partial license plate numbers of cars Sumasar was known to drive and to identify her in a photo array.
The witnesses, Terrell Lovell and Luz Johnson were arrested on Wednesday and charged with perjury.