Opening arguments for Spring Valley Trustee Vilair Fonvil corruption trial on the Rockland County Courthouse. Ricky Flores/lohud
NEW CITY – A former political ally of Spring Valley Trustee Vilair Fonvil testified Thursday in the course of the trustee’s public corruption trial about cashing a $7,500 examine and giving the money to Fonvil.
Micane Mede additionally stumbled making an attempt to reply questions from attorneys for Fonvil and Jermika Depas.
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.
“I advised her ‘Hell no, we’re not giving it to him’,” Mede testified to questions from Fonvil’s lawyer Kevin Dunlap. “We have now two choices. Both we cut up the cash, me and also you, or return it again to the village.”
When Dunlap requested Mede if he was registered to vote in Spring Valley, he responded, “I do not recall.”
He additionally informed a grand jury that Depas had loaned him $1,000 however testified at trial that she gifted him the cash. He stated he did not pay her again. He additionally acknowledged he had been asking for extra money since he went from being a bus monitor to driving the youngsters to camp.
When questioned concerning the $7,500, he stated he gave the cash to Fonvil and does not know what turned of the money.
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At least $2,000 from the check may have gone into Fonvil’s political campaign.
Haverstraw Police Detective Sgt. George Lutz, a forensic accountant for the District Attorney’s Office, testified to the $2,000 deposit and a series of deposits and withdrawals into Depas and Fonvil’s bank accounts. The checks were for $7,500 and $5,700.
Mede also couldn’t explain if he didn’t show up to drive the bus one Monday because he had been charged with having a suspended license. He told Dunlap he has a license.
Prosecutor Richard Kennison Moran has told the judge that three people cashed checks for Fonvil and Depas, ostensibly from the $24,225 allocation from the Board of Trustees. 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 County Court Judge Kevin Russo that 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,…