MOUNT VERNON — The former city treasurer of Mount Vernon was found guilty of theft and sentenced in Municipal Court, Tuesday.

Felicia M. Rhodes, 29, Mount Vernon, pleaded no contest and was found guilty to one count of theft after using an acquaintance’s debit card without permission.

She was sentenced to the diversion program for theft and given 120 days to complete it. Upon completion, her case will be dismissed and sealed.

The charge stemmed from incidents that started on May 30, 2018 and stretched over several days.

Rhodes had gotten permission to use a co-worker’s debit card to purchase lunch at a fast food restaurant and then kept the card for longer than allowed and made more purchases thereafter.

According to court records, she spent $83.05 at five different businesses in a two-day period and then was confronted by the cardholder. The victim later got the card back.

Rhodes purchased items at two convenience stores, two fast food restaurants and a pharmacy in three different counties over a two-day period between May 30 and June 1, 2018.

The thefts occurred while Rhodes was treasurer, but were not related to the city position. She resigned on Aug. 17, 2018, after only eight months on the job.

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