MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - The hits keep coming for Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas, whose half-brother is reportedly suing the city for millions of dollars after being sentenced to probation on federal gun charges.
Henry-George Thomas is claiming that city officials have refused to reinstate him as a firefighter and he is owed additional damages for “pain and suffering, mental anguish, future impairment and the loss of enjoyment of life,” according to a lohud report .
The news of the $10 million lawsuit comes on the same day the mayor announced that several City Hall employees were not paid in advance of the Memorial Day Weekend holiday due to “insufficient funds.”
In 2016 , Thomas resigned from his position as a Mount Vernon firefighter just months after pleading guilty to federal gun charges. He reportedly applied to get his job back but was rebuffed. In his lawsuit, he is alleging that he’s lost at least $100,000 in benefits and $150,000 in medical bills.
According to the report , the lawsuit names Mount Vernon City Comptroller Maureen Walker, the mayor, other unidentified officials and Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital. Mayor Thomas could not immediately be reached for comment on Friday morning.
Before resigning as a firefighter, Thomas allegedly was busted by federal agents buying illegally shipped out-of-state guns and ammunition, reportedly during transactions completed on Lincoln Avenue near fire department headquarters. He pleaded guilty to charges of importing firearms, unlawful transportation of firearms and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance before resigning his post.