Spring Valley men on trial for theft of government moneyPosted: Updated:
The trial for the Spring Valley trustee and village contractor accused of stealing government money is underway, with the defense calling the accusations part of a political battle.
Prosecutors say Vilair Fonvil and Jermika Depas stole money that was meant to pay for buses and monitors for kids in the village heading to summer camp last year.
They say the duo cashed more than $24,000 worth of checks and pocketed around $10,000.
"(Fonvil) is not creating this camp to line his own pockets or hire his friends," says Fonvil's attorney, Kevin Dunlap. "He created this camp because the people of Spring Valley wanted another option."
Both defendants showed little emotion in the courtroom, while Dunlap said that the accusations were related to politics.
"The evidence will show that there was no theft of village funds by my client or Depas," says Dunlap. "Bottom line is that Vilair Fonvil did not profit one dime from this entire program."
Witnesses also took the stand Monday, including a bus monitor and another Spring Valley trustee.
The judge presiding over the case is hearing the trial without a jury and will render their own verdict.
If convicted, both Fonvil and Depas face up to 10 years in prison.