2011-12-16 / Top Stories

Framing Victim Seeks Payback

By Nicholas Briano

Seemona Sumasar spent seven months in prison for a series of crimes she never committed and now she wants the city and others to pay up.

Sumasar was framed by her exboyfriend Jerry Ramrattan, who was recently convicted on charges that he did so in an elaborate hoax of revenge after she accused him of rape back in 2009. As a result, she has filed a federal lawsuit with the city for an undisclosed amount of money that will seek damages for her time falsely imprisoned and emotional distress the single mother’s 12-year-old daughter had to endure during the time they were separated.

According to the court complaint, the basis of her lawsuit accuses the NYPD and Nassau County police for not diligently going after her accuser for framing her for alleged crimes. The police, she says, ignored his prior criminal record because he was working as an informant for them in an unrelated case. Earlier this month, Ramrattan, 39, was convicted of raping Sumasar as well as for the acts of framing her for offenses that landed her in jail.

Those acts included an elaborate scheme to implicate her in a series of armed robberies in an effort to destroy her credibility before he stood trial for the rape.

He had other individuals falsely report the armed robberies, plant fake evidence at one of the alleged crime scenes and had the alleged robbery victims commit perjury before grand juries in Queens and Nassau Counties.

While Sumarsar, a former Wall Street financial analyst, was imprisoned, she lost custody of her daughter, lost her business, and her home fell into foreclosure. According to the suit, police ignored her alibis for two of the three incidents for which she was framed. In one of the robberies she was home with her daughter and for another one, she was away in Connecticut. Despite her alibi pleas, however, she says cops ignored her story and immediate claims that Ramrattan was behind some sort of hoax against her.

The complaint states that her relationship with Ramrattan came to a brutal end when he ambushed and raped her inside her Far Rockaway apartment as she was going into her basement to do laundry.

When she first met him, however, she believed him to be a member of law enforcement, specifically working for the Brooklyn District Attorney with close ties to police.

Sumasar didn’t realize he had a criminal history and was a liar. Sumarsar’s attorney feels that law enforcement officials, however, should have been well aware of this.

“Despite their knowledge of Ramrattan and his history, police ignored the evidence in front of them and steadfastly refused to investigate Ms. Sumasar’s readily verifiable protestations of innocence, including her rocksolid alibi,” the complaint says.

The complaint also revealed a prior history of Ramrattan framing people to settle scores with foes. In 2007 he attempted to frame a Nassau County man, claiming he left the scene of an automobile accident.

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