Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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Attorney General: Mount Vernon mayor used campaign funds for personal use

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MOUNT VERNON – Mayor Richard Thomas of Mount Vernon was arrested on Monday for allegedly stealing campaign funds and lying about money he diverted from his inaugural committee for personal benefit.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thomas allegedly stole $12,900 from his campaign committee and diverted over $45,000 from his inaugural committee for personal use and failed to disclose it.

It is also alleged that after taking office, Thomas used funds from his inaugural committee account to pay the monthly balance on his and his wife’s personal Amex account to the tune of over $8,500. Included in those expenses were charges for a family vacation to Mexico. Also included in the credit card balance was $2,000 for a Chanel purse.

The charges also allege that a local businessman paid over $5,000 toward his credit card and over $2,800 last year. He then appointed that person to a high ranking law enforcement position.

Thomas also allegedly accepted $6,000 from a supporter to pay his NYU Stern School of Business tuition bill.

The attorney general said the investigation is continuing.

If convicted of the felony charges, Thomas would, by law, be required to resign as mayor.

 


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