Watch as Rockland County Government Assistant District Lawyer Richard Kennison Moran questions Vilair Fonvil Tuesday throughout his corruption trial on the Rockland County Courthouse.
NEW CITY – After listening to testimony over two weeks, County Courtroom Decide Kevin Russo now will get to determine corruption-associated fees towards Spring Valley Trustee Vilair Fonvil and village day camp coordinator Jermika Depas.
The duty fell into Russo’s lap on Wednesday after prosecutor Richard Kennison Moran and protection attorneys Kevin Dunlap and Samuel Coe all gave their views of the testimony and different proof introduced in the course of the non-jury trial. Fonvil and Depas waived their proper to a jury.
Russo reserved determination for a courtroom session at 9:30 a.m. Friday.
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Moran built a case arguing Fonvil and Depas conspired to help Fonvil steal $11,000 from the $24,225 in financing the Board of Trustees approved at Fonvil’s request for the 2016 summer camp program.
The defense attorneys — Kevin Dunlap and Deborah Wolikow Loewenberg for Fonvil and Samuel Coe for Depas — argued their clients were victims of the dysfunctional village government and interference from Mayor Demeza Delhomme. The mayor and Fonvil have spent the last four years at odds, with lawsuits and personal accusations exchanged.
The defense attorneys argued the prosecution evidence was lacking and attacked the credibility of one main witness, Micane Mede, and attacked Spring Valley Mayor Demeza Delhomme for plotting to destroy Fonvil and soil his chances of being elected mayor.
They argued Fonvil has long championed programs for the youth in the village and didn’t gain personally from the camp or any other program.
Moran provided witnesses who told the judge they cashed checks made out in their name and gave the cash to either Fonvil or Depas.
Moran argued Fonvil and Depas created an $8,000 slush fund from the village allotment by using village vans rather than a bus company to drive children to camp in Ramapo and hiring three monitors when six were funded by the village.
Fonvil’s lawyers countered there was no extra money and the six monitors represented any arbitrary number depending on need.
On Tuesday, Moran got Fonvil to admit having a romantic relationship with his co-defendant, and questioned whether the trustee actually lived in Spring Valley or with his wife and son in West Orange, New Jersey.
The defense attorneys argued the payments and summer camp program fell victim to village battles pitting Delhomme against Fonvil and his two board allies, Asher Grossman and Sherry…