Trial Underway For Framing Ex
In May 2010 The Wave reported that a 36-year-old Far Rockaway woman was arrested for robbing motorists at gunpoint impersonating a police officer in Nassau County. She was arrested, detained for seven months, lost her business and even lost custody of her 7-year-old daughter.
Seemona Sumasar pleaded with police that she was innocent and that she was being framed. The elaborate hoax that would eventually be discovered and lead to her freedom was so cleverly planned that police felt compelled to believe the charges and assumed she had to be lying.
A year prior, in 2009, Sumasar had accused her then boyfriend, Jerry Ramrattan, of rape. She knew the motive for revenge was there and his amateur experience as a moonlighting private detective provided a basis of knowledge to frame her.
Her case, however, proceeded until Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice received a tip about Sumasar’s case in December 2010. Two suspects were brought in for questioning and they separately confessed to filing false police reports in exchange for promised cash payments from Ramrattan. The confessions would subsequently reveal the entire hoax that had Sumasar behind bars for seven months. She was immediately released from prison and Ramrattan along with several accomplices were arrested and charged.
Jury selection for the trial of Ramrattan’s case began late last week in Queens
Criminal Court on charges that include rape, two counts each of first-degree perjury and falsifying business records; two counts each of third-degree falsely Reporting an Incident and offering false instrument and fifth-degree conspiracy. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted on all charges.
According to published reports, prosecutors say the unidentified police informant who provided the tips to DA Rice was able to connect previous relationships between Sumasar’s accusers and Ramrattan. Police and prosecutors now believe that the rape accusations were a direct motive for Ramrattan’s alleged actions.