June 6, 2010 / Brooklyn news / Politics / Bay Ridge / Committeman Confrontation

Bay Ridge pol collared for impersonating a lawyer

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Longtime Bay Ridge political insider Ralph Perfetto is facing a year in jail for allegedly posing as a lawyer to represent a friend.

Perfetto, who is in the fight of his life to be re-elected to the post of neighborhood district leader that he’s held for 18 years, is now awaiting his own criminal trial for representing Anthony Martire in a 2008 harassment case, according to court documents.

Court papers say that Perfetto not only spoke on behalf of Martire, but submitted documents for him, and waived Martire’s rights to a formal reading of the charges against him at his Aug. 21 court hearing.

Perfetto is crying foul, telling us that the charge is “prepostero­us.”

Perfetto apparently got caught when he turned in paperwork to the court bearing the name of his Bay Ridge business, Gray Fox Investigations, and someone recognized his name.

“When he appeared in court, a Brooklyn district attorney recognized him as not an attorney,” said William Smith, spokesman for Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan, who has been given the prosecution because of Perfetto’s status as a district leader in Brooklyn.

In New York State, it is legal to represent yourself in a court case, but it’s a no-no to claim that you’ve passed the bar when you haven’t.

Perfetto faces a maximum sentence of a year in jail. His pre-trial hearing is set for July 26.

Though he is not a lawyer, Perfetto has apparently watched enough people play one on TV. According to the court transcript of the 2008 hearing, he sounded pretty good.

“If I may, Your Honor, with the Court’s permission, may I submit two notarized affidavits from eyewitnesses that speak to the contrary of what did happen?” Perfetto said.

Perfetto is running against Kevin Peter Carroll for the district leader position. Carroll could not be reached for comment in time for our court-ordered deadline.

Updated 5:18 pm, July 9, 2018
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Pat from Park Slope says:
Perfetto walks into court to give 2 affidavits to help his cousin. What a crime !!

Now DA Hynes waits 2 years to charge Perfetto just as campaign begins by Perfetto against friend of Hynes Hack pol Carrol.

Didn't I read DA Hynes had over 7500 violent crimes dismissed last year because his ADA's werent ready for court. At least Perfetto was ready.
Everything with Hynes is a favor to a buddy.
June 6, 2010, 1:01 pm
Shirley from Breezy Point says:
How can Hynes be Brooklyn DA if he lives in Breezy Point Queens ?
June 6, 2010, 1:58 pm
bay ridger from bay ridge says:
If he lives in Breezy why do I see him almost every day in the neighborhood?
June 6, 2010, 3:18 pm
Shirley from Breezy Point says:
Everyday day you see the DA ?

Shirley, you must be kidding !!
June 6, 2010, 9:51 pm
Steve Rondos from Greenhaven says:
When I was an attorney - I stole millions. A few bucks to Breezy Point Joes slush fund, and no problemo.

The Manhattan DA found out, and now I'm gone for 4 years.

Ralph should have just kicked a few bucks up to Hynes.
It worked ffor me.
June 6, 2010, 11:39 pm
Beer Can from Breezy Point says:
DA moved to Breezy Point in the 80's
June 7, 2010, 3:30 am
Dagmar Plaza from Park Slope says:
Hey Rondos. Your small potatos.

I stole tens of millions in guardianships.

I didn't have to kick anything up to DA. My husband works for him.
June 7, 2010, 4:24 am
Pacholo from Red Hook says:
I'm not a lawyer but I had a good night at a Holiday Inn.
June 9, 2010, 1:20 pm
Payola Kennedy from Yellow Hook says:
We ALL know Kevin Carroll's cronies set this whole thing up. This case has been pending since 2009 and NOW it hits the streets? Puhleez. I guess Team Carroll is fine with helping out Dan Donovan - a Republican - by smearing Mr. Perfetto. So long as Kevin Carroll (a.k.a. Verucca Salt) gets what (s)he wants.
June 15, 2010, 11:02 pm
Guido Fauci from Bay Ridge says:
The timeline on this case is ridiculous.

A single alleged August 2008 misdemeanor against a Brooklyn Democratic politician and an "arrest" almost in May 2010, with a June press release by the Staten Island Republican DA when he's running to be New York State Attornay General-- what are they crazy?

How much is this charade costing the taxpayers?
Aug. 15, 2010, 12:02 pm

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