Ray RaimundiMar 12, 2018, 12:34 pmMar 12, 2018, 5:34 pm

Mt. Vernon mayor arraigned in corruption investigation

Charges stem from probe by NY attorney general into Thomas’ finance irregularities

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MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas was arraigned Monday morning on corruption charges stemming from an investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman into Thomas’ finance irregularities.

Thomas was charged third-degree grand larceny, a felony and filing a false instrument. Thomas is accused of taking off with more than $12,000 from his campaign committee called “Friends of Richard Thomas” and the lying about it on campaign finance filings.

Thomas is also accused with failing to report receiving money from individuals and his inaugural committee, and using some of that money to pay off his personal credit cards.

Thomas appeared before the steps of City Hall to proclaim his innocence Monday. With his wife alongside him, Thomas said he would be vindicated and that he would continue on the job doing the work of the city.

An attorney for Mayor Thomas added that any issues were unintentional and that “mistakes happen.”

If convicted of the felony, Thomas would be removed from office.

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