Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown today announced that a Queens man has been convicted of raping his former girlfriend and then concocting an elaborate scheme implicating her in a series of armed robberies in order to destroy her credibility before he stood trial for raping her. 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, the rape victim was arrested and spent more than seven months behind bars in Nassau County in lieu of a $1 million bond.
“The jury in this case has righted a terrible wrong and justice has finally been served for the victim,” said District Attorney Brown. “It would not be an understatement to say that for the victim in this case truth was indeed stranger than fiction. 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. Fortunately, a tip from the public and a bit of dogged detective work helped unravel the plot, thus ending the nightmare for this woman. However, the defendant’s brazen attempt to seek retribution was not without consequences. She has suffered serious financial hardships, as well as emotional distress. Yet, despite her adversity, she had the courage to face her attacker in court and, with her testimony, help convict him. The tables have now turned and it is the defendant who faces the real prospect of spending a lengthy time behind bars.”
The District Attorney identified the defendant as Jerry Ramrattan 39, of Far Rockaway, Queens. Ramrattan was convicted of one count of first-degree rape, three counts of first-degree perjury, two counts of fifth-degree conspiracy, one count of third-degree tampering with a witness and three counts of third-degree falsely reporting an incident following a four-week jury trial before Queens Supreme Justice Richard L. Buchter, who set sentencing for January 4, 2012. Ramrattan faces more than 25 years in prison.
District Attorney Brown said that, 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.
Finally, while Ramrattan and Mohanlal were on Rikers Island in December 2010, Ramrattan told Mohanlal that he would have him killed for testifying against him and that he knew people and that he (Ramrattan) would get him sooner or later.
The investigation uncovering Ramrattan’s plot was conducted by Assistant District Attorneys Anisha Abraham and Timothy J. Regan, of the District Attorney’s Kew Gardens II Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys Daniel M. Sullivan, Bureau Chief, and Mark Osnowitz and Jennifer L. Naiburg, Deputy Bureau Chiefs, and the overall supervision of Senior Executive Assistant District Attorney for Trials James C. Quinn and Deputy Executive Assistant District Attorney for Trials Robert J. Masters, and by Detective Thomas J. Wray and Lieutenant Daniel Collins, of the District Attorney’s Detective Bureau, under the supervision of Lawrence J. Festa, Chief Investigator, and Albert D. Velardi, Deputy Chief Investigator. Assistant District Attorney Frank P. DeGaetano, Supervisor of the District Attorney’s Special Victims Bureau, prosecuted the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys Marjory D. Fisher, Bureau Chief, and Kenneth M. Appelbaum and Lucinda C. Suarez, Deputy Bureau Chiefs, and under the overall supervision of Charles A. Testagrossa, Executive Assistant District Attorney of the Major Crimes Division, and Daniel A. Saunders, Deputy Executive Assistant District Attorney.