Jonathan GordonSep 14, 2018, 5:17 pmSep 14, 2018, 6:43 pm

Mount Vernon mayor appears in court after corruption charges

Richard Thomas is accused of stealing $13K in campaign funds to pay off personal expenses

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WHITE PLAINS – Mount Vernon mayor Richard Thomas appeared in Westchester Court this morning for a hearing on his state campaign finance corruption charges. The New York State Attorney General's Office is accusing Thomas of stealing around $13,000 in campaign funds to pay off personal expenses. Judge Barry Warhit announced on Friday that the case against Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas is heading for a January trial.

Outside of court, surrounded by a group of his supporters Thomas shared his thoughts. "They've asked me to fight corruption and that's what we've done and when you step back and look at it, when you're young, bright, and fight corruption, you get attacked," Thomas said.

Prosecutors also accuse him of failing to report more than $75,000 on his city ethics forms, money that came from his inaugural committee.

"There are serious problems with that are with the case, we continue to believe that. And we're going to deal with them appropriately throughout the process of this court and we're confident that we're going to reach the right resolution," Thomas’ attorney Randall Jackson said.

In August, Thomas' attorneys argued the state’s attorney general office does not have the power to investigate the mayor and that he was denied the right to speak at his grand jury hearing.

In September, a judge ruled against Thomas.

Attorneys are expected to meet on Oct. 12.

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