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 – A verdict is predicted this morning within the trial of Spring Valley Trustee Vilair Fonvil and summer time camp coordinator Jermika Depas on corruption-associated expenses.
Rockland County Courtroom Decide Kevin Russo is anticipate to determine whether or not Fonvil and Depas conspired to assist Fonvil steal $eleven,000 in village funding for the 2016 summer time camp program. He is heard testimony and seen proof since Oct. 30 on the Rockland County Courthouse.
A responsible verdict towards Fonvil would finish his political profession, as a result of a convicted felon can’t serve in elected authorities. Each he and Depas face 5 to fifteen years in jail if convicted. Fonvil, fifty four, has been a trustee since December 2013.
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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 faces an additional charge 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 money under questioning by his attorney Kevin Dunlap, who was part of his defense team with attorney Deborah Wolikow Loewenberg. Depas, represented by attorney Samuel Coe, didn’t testify and was not…