Former Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin did more than sell her political influence for kickbacks — she also tried to rig a village election, federal prosecutors said in court papers filed in her corruption case this week. Prosecutors allege in a 20-page motion filed in U.S. District Court in White Plains that Jasmin met with developer Moses “Mark” Stern, who was cooperating with the FBI, and asked him if he could help eliminate dozens of absentee ballots in that year’s village elections to ensure “favorable” candidates would win.
“On or about September 15, 2011, Jasmin and (Stern) discussed an upcoming election for Village Board of Trustees and Jasmin’s fear that 60 absentee ballots would cause her preferred board candidates to lose the election,” prosecutors wrote to U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas. “Jasmin then asked (Stern) to use his influence with the Board of Elections to ‘bury’ the absentee ballots.”
Jasmin was not charged with election fraud. Rather, the government’s motion, filed Monday by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Bloom, simply lays out evidence prosecutors want to present at Jasmin’s upcoming trial. It is the first peek into the government’s case since Karas ordered lawyers in 2013 not to release details of the case.