2011-12-02 / Front Page

Convicted For Framing Ex

By Nicholas Briano

Jerry Ramrattan Jerry Ramrattan In a trial that lasted nearly a month, a Queens jury has found Jerry Ramrattan guilty on all charges, which included the rape and eventual framing of his Far Rockaway ex-girlfriend for crimes that she never committed, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced late last week.

Ramrattan, 39, was arrested in 2009 and accused of raping his ex-girlfriend, Seemona Sumasar. According to prosecutors, while awaiting trial for the rape, he acted out of revenge and concocted an elaborate scheme to implicate her in a series of armed robberies in order to destroy her credibility before he stood trial. The defendant’s scheme included having other individuals falsely report the armed robberies, the planting of fake evidence at one of the alleged crime scenes and having the alleged robbery victims commit perjury before grand juries in Queens and Nassau Counties. As a result of the defendant’s actions, Sumasar was arrested and spent more than seven months behind bars in Nassau County in lieu of a $1 million bond.

According to the trial testimony, although Ramrattan and his girlfriend had ended their relationship, Ramrattan continued to live in her basement. On the afternoon of March 8, 2009, the two were engaged in a heated verbal dispute in the victim’s upstairs apartment when Ramrattan, who was carrying a silver handgun in his waistband, restrained her arms with duct tape and dragged her downstairs to his apartment, where he locked the door and forcibly raped her.

Following his arrest on rape charges on March 11, 2009, Ramrattan conspired separately with three individuals to frame his former girlfriend in a series of false robbery allegations in Jamaica, Queens and Inwood, Long Island. Ramrattan secured the cooperation of the individuals either by offering them money or threatening them and family members with deportation. As a result, each of the conspirators alleged to police that their vehicles had been pulled over and that they had been robbed at gunpoint by a male and female dressed as police officers. In each case, the alleged victims identified Ramrattan’s former girlfriend as the female robber.

As part of the frame-up, Ramrattan placed a bullet on the ground at the alleged crime scene in Queens and then had the alleged victim tell police that the female robber had a black handgun which she purportedly “racked” during the robbery, causing a bullet to fall to the ground. Police officers responding to the purported robbery location recovered the live round that Ramrattan had planted there. In another instance, Ramrattan showed one alleged victim photos of his former girlfriend and drove him to her residence to observe her Jeep Cherokee and license plate so that he could then accurately describe the vehicle and plate to the police. Thereafter, based on the false police reports, the three alleged robbery victims were sworn as witnesses before grand juries in Queens and Nassau Counties and identified Ramrattan’s former girlfriend as the one who committed the alleged robberies. As a result of their testimony, charges were filed in both Queens and Nassau Counties charging the former girlfriend with first-degree robbery and other charges.

The scheme was uncovered, however, when 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.

“The jury in this case has righted a terrible wrong and justice has finally been served for the victim,” DA Brown said in a statement. “She was first forcibly raped by the defendant and then saw her life turn into a hellish nightmare as he hatched an intricate and sinister plot to extract vengeance against her by having her falsely accused of committing armed robberies. His actions resulted in her, a single mother of a young child, being incarcerated for more than seven months as she awaited trial and the frightening prospect of going to prison if convicted of the trumped-up charges.”

Ramrattan was convicted of one count of first-degree rape, three counts of first-degree perjury, two counts of fifthdegree conspiracy, one count of thirddegree tampering with a witness and three counts of third-degree falsely reporting an incident Sentencing has been set for January 4, 2012. Ramrattan faces more than 25 years in prison.

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