Opening arguments for Spring Valley Trustee Vilair Fonvil corruption trial on the Rockland County Courthouse. Ricky Flores/lohud
NEW CITY – County Courtroom Decide Kevin Russo immediately denied a request to dismiss legal fees towards Spring Valley Trustee Vilair Fonvil and village contractor Jermika Depas, after their legal professionals argued the prosecution failed to offer adequate proof that their shoppers conspired to steal $eleven,000 from a day camp busing program.
Russo stated he was reserving the fitting to rethink the movement throughout his deliberations .
The protection opened it case this morning by calling Spring Valley Treasurer Kuruvilla Cherian.
The trial opened final week with the prosecution calling witnesses who testified they cashed checks on the behest of Fonvil and Depas and turned the money over to them
Micane Mede, a former political ally of Fonvil, testified Thursday about cashing a $7,500 verify and giving the money to Fonvil.
He additionally testified that when Depas requested him to donate to Fonvil’s political marketing campaign account some money left over from the village’s $24,225 allocation to bus youngsters to summer time day camp in 2016, he advised Depas that he wouldn’t flip over the cash.
Haverstraw Police Detective Sgt. George Lutz, a forensic accountant for the Rockland District Lawyer’s Workplace, testified Thursday to a collection of deposits and withdrawals into Depas and Fonvil’s financial institution accounts. The checks have been for $7,500 and $5,seven hundred.
FONVIL TRIAL: Bus monitor describes money laundering
BACKGROUND: Spring Valley Trustee Vilair Fonvil’s corruption trial to open
Moran has told Russo that three people cashed checks for Fonvil and Depas. Fonvil later got an additional $3,000 for the summer camp program.
Moran, an executive assistant district attorney overseeing the anti-corruption unit with the FBI, told Russo the check-cashing enabled a money-laundering operation by Fonvil to pocket an estimated $11,000 he got from the Board of Trustees to bus village children to summer camps. Depas was hired to run the operation.
The contract, signed by Fonvil, called for Depas to hire six bus monitors to supervise the children. Instead, Depas and Fonvil hired three monitors, prosecutors claim, and after a few days stopped using a private bus company in favor of free village vehicles. Moran said they saved $8,000.
One of the monitors, Lucius Street, testified when the trial opened Oct. 25 that he cashed a $5,700 check made out to him and gave the money to Depas, his sister, after Fonvil claimed he needed his money. Prosecutors claim several hours later…