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Victim talks about Ramrattan being a paid source

January 18, 2012 3:15:42 PM PST
The victim raped and framed for armed robbery by a Queens man is speaking out now about his reported role as a longtime confidential informant for law enforcement.

The victim, Seemona Sumasar, now describes what she witnessed and what she thinks the conviction of her attacker for rape and perjury could mean for other cases.

Everyone in law enforcement is now trying to distance themselves from Jerry Ramrattan, and for good reason.

He's now convicted in a sophisticated scheme that raises huge questions about his credibility.

The problem for prosecutors is that Eyewitness News has learned Ramrattan did work on several cases as a law enforcement source.

The victim of his set-up talks in a new exclusive interview about what she says she witnessed.

Seemona Sumasar says she clearly remembers the day in 2007 that her then boyfriend, Jerry Ramrattan, took her to the Brooklyn DA's office.

"He told you he was going to meet his boss," Wallace said.

"He referred to George as his boss," Sumasar said.

"George Terra, the head of Investigations for the Brooklyn DA's office," Wallace said.

"Yes," Sumasar said, "He asked for George, signed in, went right in. Like a regular, like he worked there."

She claims she listened as the investigator and Ramrattan discussed his role as an undercover operative in a prior case the DA prosecuted against the Sweet Cherry strip club in Sunset Park and possible future work.

Sumasar says she thinks Ramrattan was trying to reassure her he was involved with law enforcement.

"He specifically told me he worked out of the Brooklyn DA's office as a detective," Sumasar said, "He carried a gun, he had a badge, a bulletproof vest, handcuffs."

Sumasar says she would drop Ramrattan off at various precincts, including the 105 in Queens, and the 68 in Brooklyn.

"Half of his phone book is of other cops from Queens and Brooklyn, friends he talked to on a regular basis," Sumasar said, "90 percent of his phone books were cops all over Brooklyn and Queens."

"So he would frequently call cops-like he worked with them," Wallace said.

"Yes," Sumasar answered.

Of course, Ramrattan wasn't a cop, he had a prior robbery conviction, but Eyewitness News confirmed he was a longtime confidential informant for law enforcement.

Ramrattan's role was revealed only this month after he received a sentence of up to 32 years for rape and perjury.

He'd waged a sophisticated scheme to set up his ex-girlfriend on bogus armed robbery charges so she couldn't testify against him.

He spoke to Eyewitness News Investigative Reporter Sarah Wallace exclusively in a jailhouse interview.

"So you were a confidential informant," Wallace said.

"Paid source," Ramrattan clarified.

"Source, informant, whatever, for how long?" Wallace asked.

"For years," Ramrattan replied.

"What do you think should happen in all those cases he testified in?" Wallace asked.

"They should be re-looked at," Sumasar said, "You really have to wonder when he was testifying whether it was truthful. Are people sitting in prison because he lied, because he did what he had to, to make money?"

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