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Opening arguments for Spring Valley Trustee Vilair Fonvil corruption trial on the Rockland County Courthouse. Ricky Flores/lohud

NEW CITY – Lucius Road testified Monday that he cashed a $5,seven hundred verify made out to him for being a bus monitor and turned the cash over to his sister, Jermika Depas, whose public corruption trial with Spring Valley Trustee Vilair Fonvil for allegedly stealing $10,000 opened Monday in County Courtroom.

Prosecutor Richard Kennison Moran advised the decide on Monday the money was a part of a cash laundering operation by Fonvil to pocket the money he acquired from the Board of Trustees to bus village youngsters to summer time camps in Ramapo throughout 2016. Depas was employed to run the operation.

“I signed the again of the examine as I used to be requested to,” Road informed Rockland County Courtroom Decide Kevin Russo, who will determined the destiny of Fonvil and Depas. They waived a jury trial.

Earlier than going to the TD Financial institution in Nanuet together with his sister in early August 2016, Road testified he heard Fonvil inform Dupas, ” ‘I want my a refund’.” 

Road caught to his testimony throughout cross-examination from Fonvil’s lawyer Kevin Dunlap and Depas’ lawyer, Sam Coe. 

Road informed Coe that his sister and Fonvil had disagreements and arguments once in a while on tips on how to run the camp and bus screens.

Road stated Fonvil paid the three screens — himself, Micane Mede, a former Fonvil political ally, and 15-yr-previous  Sabina Argent — with money in white envelopes. At one level, Depas handed out W-2 varieties to cowl the pay, however Fonvil angrily grabbed the varieties off the desk and ripped them up, Road testified.

He stated his sister provided him a job for $20 an hour as a bus monitor. He labored with Mede and Argent, although Moran stated the village board paid for six screens and a personal bus firm.

Moran stated Fonvil and Depas solely employed three individuals after which after a number of days dropped the personal firm and used the village automobiles to drive the campers, making a $eight.000 surplus out of the $24,seven hundred allotted by the Board of Trustees.

Fonvil and Depas, who face public corruption charges for allegedly misappropriating government money, waived their right to a jury trial.

Moran said three people were paid to cash checks and turn the money over to Fonvil and Depas. They were Street, former Fonvil political ally Micane Mede and Mercedes Rodriguez, who’s scheduled to testify Tuesday that she was paid $500 to cash a check, Moran said. Rodriguez  didn’t work for the program but had children attending the camp, he said.

“The evidence will show that in the summer of 2016, with the help of Jermika Depas, Mr. Fonvil violated (the) public’s trust,” Moran told Russo during his opening statement earlier in the day. “He used his position to steal and misappropriate…