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 – Spring Valley Trustee Vilair Fonvil was discovered responsible this morning of corruption-associated costs accusing him of stealing cash from a summer time camp program.
Co-defendant Jermika Depas, the camp program’s coordinator, was discovered not responsible of all costs.
Rockland County Courtroom Decide Kevin Russo dominated that Fonvil had stolen $eleven,000 in village funding for the 2016 summer time camp program.
Russo’s verdict got here after testimony within the trial that began Oct. 30 on the Rockland County Courthouse.
The responsible verdict towards Fonvil ends his political profession, as a result of a convicted felon can’t serve in an elected authorities place. He faces 5 to fifteen years in jail when sentenced Feb. 20. Fonvil, fifty four, had been a trustee since December 2013.
Spring Valley’s mayor-elect, Alan Simon, will need to fill Fonvil’s seat on the all-Democratic village board.
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The charges include third-degree grand larceny as a crime of public corruption, third-degree corrupting the government, and money laundering. Fonvil also was convicted of receiving reward for official misconduct as a public official.
The village Board of Trustees financed $80,000 to send children to summer camp programs in 2016, with Fonvil getting approval for $24,225 to pay Depas as coordinator, six monitors and a bus company to take the children to camp in Ramapo.
Fonvil wrote the camp bus contract and the budget, and later convinced the board to lay out an additional $3,750 to pay his friend for driving the children to camp.
Prosecutor Richard Kennison Moran argued Fonvil and Depas created an $8,000 slush fund by using village vans rather than paying a bus company and then hired only three bus monitors when six were funded by the village.
Opening arguments for Spring Valley Trustee Vilair Fonvil corruption trial at the Rockland County Courthouse. Ricky Flores/lohud
Moran contended Fonvil stole $11,000 through checks cashed by two of the bus monitors and the parent of a camper.
The prosecutor also 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.
Fonvil denied stealing…