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Suffolk Legislator Takes Plea Deal On False Financial Disclosure

Suffolk County Legislator Rudy Sunderman
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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.