2nd Spring Valley Building Inspector Arraigned on Felony Charges

Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh announced the arraignment of a Spring Valley building inspector following the Rockland County Grand Jury Indictments. The charges the employee was arraigned on stems from the ongoing multi-agency fatal Evergreen Fire investigation.

Defendant Wayne Ballard, 64, of New City was arraigned in Rockland County Court before the Honorable Kevin F. Russo this morning. Ballard was indicted on 1 count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, 1 count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree, and 1count of Falsifying Business Records in the Second Degree.

Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh said, “Today’s arraignment is yet another step in the prosecution phase of this ongoing criminal investigation into the fatal Evergreen fire.”

Wayne Ballard is scheduled for a court appearance on December 8, 2021 at 9:30 AM. The case is being prosecuted by Executive Assistant District Attorney Michael Dugandzic and Senior Assistant District Attorney Ryan Sweeney.

It should be noted that a criminal complaint is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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