Queens woman unjustly jailed in Nassau may see $2M settlement

A Queens woman who spent seven months in a Nassau jail in 2010 may be getting a $2 million settlement in her civil case against the county and a police detective.

Back in May 2010, Seemona Sumasar was arrested after being accused of posing as a police officer, pulling people over and then robbing them at gunpoint.

At the time, she told News 12 Long Island that she was being set up by her ex-boyfriend Jerry Ramrattan as a way of stopping her testimony in his upcoming rape trial.

Despite her insistence that she was innocent and had an alibi, no one believed her, including a grand jury and the district attorney.

In December 2010, Sumasar was released from jail and Ramrattan was arrested. The Nassau district attorney said it uncovered an elaborate scheme to frame Sumasar. Investigators claimed they cracked the case after getting information that Ramrattan promised to pay people to pose as robbery victims.

In 2012, Ramrattan was sentenced to at least 27 and a third years in prison.

"None of it made any sense," said Sumasar's attorney, Anthony Grandinette. "If somebody took the time and put in the effort to piece the facts together, they would easily have been able to reach the conclusion that this woman was innocent."

The $2 million settlement still needs to be approved by the full Legislature in two weeks.

Nassau County, the Nassau Police Department and the district attorney's office told News 12 that they would not comment on the case.


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