If you had any doubts before, cases like this continue to highlight the imperfections in the American legal system. After spending nearly seven months in jail, a New York woman, Seemona Sumasar, was freed after her vengeful ex-boyfriend wrongly accused her of armed robbery.
Sumasar was hauled to jail back in May on charges that she impersonated a police officer and robbed three people at gunpoint. Police now believe that her ex, Jerry Ramrattan, who was about to stand trial on charges that he raped her in March 2009, set her up.
Although authorities did not believe her at the time, Sumasar never had any doubts that her ex-boyfriend was behind her arrest. “I knew the fact I was in handcuffs had to do with him,” Sumasar, 35, said Wednesday at a news conference in Long Island. “I think everybody looked at me as a drama queen, like I’m giving them a Lifetime movie story and you know, nobody believes me,” she said.
Sumasar was released from Nassau County Jail on Friday, December 3 after the long, emotional ordeal. “I didn’t think I was going to last a day or a night there,” she told The Associated Press. “It was bad. I cried. I prayed. I meditated. I did everything I could to keep my mind from going crazy. I was praying somebody’s going to listen.”
While Sumasar, the mother of a 12-year-old daughter, was locked up she nearly lost it all. As she waited for authorities to realize that she was innocent, her business, a Goldend Krust Caribbean franchise, closed down and her home went into foreclosure.
Seemona Sumasar has an anonymous source to thank for her freedom. The Associated Press reported that an informant came forward to tell police that the robberies never occurred. Nassau County District investigators found that Ramrattan, Sumasar’s ex, promised to pay off two witnesses to lie to police, the DA’s office, and the grand jury about the robberies.
After the informant came forward, the supposed robbery “victims” were interviewed again, and confessed that Ramrattan had promised to pay them to file the false reports.
While Sumasar tries to put her life back together after being falsely accused and imprisoned for nearly seven months, her ex-boyfriend, Jerry Ramrattan, has been charged with perjury and is being held on $500,000 bail. The rape charges against him are still pending.