Spring Valley trustee convicted on all counts in corruption case

<p>Spring Valley Trustee Vilair Fonvil was found guilty on corruption charges Friday, but maintained his innocence upon leaving the Rockland County Courthouse.&nbsp;</p>

News 12 Staff

Nov 17, 2017, 10:44 PM

Updated 2,429 days ago

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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.
 


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