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Former Spring Valley deputy mayor pleads guilty to bribe scheme

WHITE PLAINS – The former deputy mayor of the Village of Spring Valley, Joseph Desmaret, faces up to 40 years in federal prison after he pled guilty to accepting over $10,000 in cash bribes in exchange for votes.

While a member of the Spring Valley Village Board, he admitted to voting to sell village land and steer a state-funded transportation contract to a real estate development company.

Desmaret, 56, of Monsey, accepted some $10,500 worth of cash bribes from an undercover FBI agent and a cooperating witness in exchange for his vote in favor of a sale of land owned by Spring Valley to a company he believed was controlled by the undercover agent.

“Every politician needs to understand that they hold office to serve the public, not themselves, and that those who violate the trust placed in them by the people do so at the risk of ending their careers behind bars,” said US Attorney Preet Bharara.