Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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Former Spring Valley building inspector guilty

Booker

NEW CITY – The former chief building inspector for the Village of Spring Valley was convicted in Rockland County Court of issuing a false certificate, falsifying business records and official misconduct.

Walter Booker, 57, was found guilty of back-dating a certificate of occupancy that contained a false statement in an attempt to defraud other government agencies. He issued a certificate of occupancy that falsely stated that 9 Zeissner Lane in Spring Valley was a two-family dwelling on September 23, 2011 when in fact on that date it was a single-family home. He issued a certificate on May 22, 2011 but back-dated the certificate by almost eight months, dating it September 23, 2011.

Authorities said that is significant because the homeowner, Jacob Goldman, was required by the state Office of Children and Family Services to have a two-family designation in order to operate two daycare centers out of his home.

When sentenced in May, Booker faces up to four years in state prison.


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