An upstate New York developer pleaded guilty Thursday for his role in a voter-fraud scheme designed to elect public officials who would support his real-estate project. Kenneth Nakdimen is scheduled to be sentenced in September in the U.S. District Court in White Plains, N.Y. for one count of conspiracy to corrupt the electoral process. Prosecutors said Mr. Nakdimen and his associates falsely registered voters to overcome local opposition to their 396-unit townhouse project in the tiny Catskills village of Bloomingburg. The developers anticipated making hundreds of millions of dollars from the development, according to prosecutors.
An attorney for Mr. Nakdimen didn’t respond to a request for comment. Under the agreement, Mr. Nakdimen could spend from six to 12 months in prison. The charge carried a sentence of up to five years.
In addition to Mr. Nakdimen, federal prosecutors last year charged his business partner Shalom Lamm and associate Volvy Smilowitz with one count each of conspiracy to corrupt the electoral process. A former town supervisor of Mamakating, N.Y., previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to submit false voter registrations.