March 19, 2013
The New York Appellate Division for the Fourth Judicial Department has imposed a public censure for a misdemeanor criminal conviction.
Auburnpub.com had this report:
Two Camillus business owners are facing felony charges after state police say they falsified documents in a Brutus court to clear a third man of minor traffic infractions.
Dana F. Grillo, 57, of Windcrest Drive, Camillus, and Alex Bakal, 54, of Thompson Road, Syracuse, were arrested last month and charged with three counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a class E felony.
According to Sgt. Martin Zubrzycki, a spokesperson for the East Syracuse Troop T New York State Police barracks, the investigation of the two began when Brutus Town Court Judge Robert Hook reported discrepancies in the paperwork for three traffic summons submitted to the court.
Zubrzycki said Grillo, a Camillus attorney specializing in traffic tickets and DUI litigation, allegedly conspired with Bakal, owner of A & R Auto Sales, to falsely report that infractions had been corrected for one of her clients, who was not identified by police.
Police said the correctable offense tickets were issued to Grillo’s client over the course of a few months, and would have been dismissed if the problem had been repaired within a specified time period.
When time expired the unnamed client hired Grillo, who said she would satisfy the offenses in court, Zubrzycki said.
She allegedly worked with Bakal to report to the court that the infractions had been fixed in the service center operating out of his dealership in an attempt to have the tickets dismissed.
Zubrzycki said the client was not charged in the matter because he did not know of the plans to falsify the repair logs and he fully cooperated with the state police during their investigation.
If convicted, Grillo could lose her license to practice law and Bakal could be disallowed from conducting state vehicle inspections. Both could also be subject to jail time and fines as allowed by law.
Zubrzycki said that police would be satisfied with the penalties and do not plan to investigate the two’s past actions for other falsified documents.
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