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Suffolk Legislator Takes Plea Deal On False Financial Disclosure

Suffolk County Legislator Rudy Sunderman
Image Courtesy Suffolk County Legislature
Suffolk County Legislator Rudy Sunderman

Suffolk County Legislator Rudy Sunderman has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge after he lied about working two government jobs.

Prosecutors said Sunderman filed a false financial disclosure form with the Suffolk County Board of Ethics about his position in the Centereach Fire District. They said he concealed $60,000 in payments received through a shell company that he created in wife’s name.

He was fined $1,000 fine for the misdemeanor.

Sunderman was indicted on felony perjury charges in 2019.

He is a Republican who represented Shirley. Sunderman will resign from his post this month to become the deputy director of the Suffolk County Fire Academy.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.