Spring Valley trustee convicted on all counts in corruption casePosted: Updated:
Spring Valley Trustee Vilair Fonvil was found guilty on corruption charges Friday, but maintained his innocence upon leaving the Rockland County Courthouse.
"I'm confident because I did nothing wrong," said Fonvil.
A judge found him guilty on all counts, including grand larceny, corruption and money laundering.
Officials say Fonvil stole $11,000 of village funds, which were meant to pay for buses and monitors for a summer camp last year. He faces five to 15 years in state prison and will be sentenced on Feb. 20.
The district attorney released a statement saying, "The corruption demonstrated by Village Trustee Fonvil is another sad example of the type of behavior that undermines our faith in government."
Fonvil's co-defendant in the case, village contractor Jermika Depas, was found not guilty of similar charges.
"I'm happy I got my own life back," said Depas. He called the charges against Fonvil "a political witch hunt."
Fonvil will lose his seat on the Spring Valley Village Board. Mayor-elect Alan Simon will name his replacement.