A New York woman is finally out of jail after spending seven months trying to convince police that an angry ex-boyfriend had orchestrated an elaborate frame-up of her for a spree of faked armed robberies.
Police weren't convinced until an informant tipped them off that Seemona Sumasar was allegedly framed by her ex-boyfriend Jerry Ramrattan after she had accused Ramrattan of rape.
Sumarsar was released from jail and Ramrattan was arrested, but not before Sumarsar lost her bakery business and her house.
"Jerry Ramrattan's tangled web of deception and manipulation created a nightmare scenario for this innocent woman," Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice told ABC News.
The prosecutor's office said the alleged frame-up was convincing because there was an "extraordinary attention paid to detail."
Sumasar, a 35, was accused of robbing three different people at gunpoint while impersonating a police officer between September 2009 and May 19 of this year.
According to documents from the Nassau County District Attorney'soffice, Terrell Lovell phoned police in March and reported he had been robbed at gunpoint by a man and a woman impersonating police officers. According to the report, Lovell was able to give a partial license plate number of the supposed getaway car.
In May, an anonymous caller phoned police to say he had been robbed at gunpoint by a man and a woman impersonating cops. "The caller told police that he did not want to formally report the incident, but he did give police a full license plate number of the getaway car. Police traced the plate to Sumasar's sister," documents state.
According to the DA's reports, police contacted Lovell and showed him a picture of Sumasar's sister, but Lovell told authorities that she was not the person who robbed him.
Days after that robbery was reported, Luz Johnson contacted police to report that she has been robbed on Long Island by a woman and a man impersonating police officers, the DA's office says.
"Johnson reported to police that she was robbed at gunpoint by two suspects impersonating police officers while she was driving in Inwood. Johnson gave police a full license plate number and also reported that some mail with her New Jersey address, along with a spare car key, had been taken by the suspects during the robbery," the documents say.
Two days later Johnson called Nassau County police to report a woman driving a black Nissan had attempted to steal her car out of her driveway, the report states, and suggested the mail and the spare car key that was supposedly lost in the initial robbery had led the thieves to her home.
Johnson supplied the Nissan's license plate and police discovered the plate belonged to Sumasar's boyfriend at the time.
When the vehicle was spotted and stopped by police, they found Sumasar driving it. Lovell later picked her out of a line up as the person who robbed him, the documents state.
Sumasar was charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of criminal use of a firearm and two counts of criminal impersonation and unlawful wearing of a body vest.
The woman immediately suspected Ramrattan and began claiming she was set up by her ex-boyfriend, who she has accused of rape in March 2009, according to reports.
"They acted like I'm just trying to blame somebody else for something I did," Sumasar said at a news conference in her attorney's office Wednesday.