Thursday, November 7, 2013

Family Issue in Corfu

A non-attorney town court (and former) village justice has resigned from office after hiring his daughter as the village clerk.

It turned out to be a bad hire.

WRGZ.com had the story of the ensuing criminal charges

A village judge in Genesee County was in court Monday, but this time he found himself on the wrong side of the law. Robert Alexander is accused of approving falsified time sheets turned in by the court clerk - who happened to be his daughter.

Alexander is currently a Pembroke Town Judge, but previously served on the bench in the village of Corfu. He stood before a judge today to be arraigned on fraud and misconduct charges stemming from charges against his daughter, Brandi Watts.

Watts served as the Village of Corfu court clerk and is accused of falsifying her time sheets to receive pay for hours she did not work. The charges against her stemmed from an audit of the Village of Corfu by the New York State Comptroller, which discovered that about $10,600 could not be accounted for.

Watts faces 53 counts including grand larceny. She was held briefly in connection with the charges after her arrest last week, but was released on $10,000 bail.

Alexander is charged with coercion and official misconduct and only faces misdemeanors. He was never held in connection with the charges.

The judge spoke with reporters after his court appearance Monday, but would not comment on the charges against him other than to insist that he wouldn't do something like this.

"I won't say anything about the case I'll only say that I love the people of Corfu, and that I would never do anything as a born again Christian and as a man serving them. I would never think of breaking the law in any way, shape, or form," Alexander said.

Both Alexander and Watts plead not guilty to the charges against them.

The judge will be unable to preside over cases, as the State's Commission on Judicial Conduct has ordered that all cases assigned to Town of Pembroke Justice Alexander be reassigned.

The order of the Commission on Judicial Conduct accepted the resignation is linked here. The stipulation may be found here.

The order bars him from future judicial office.

The audit of the State Comptroller is linked here. (Mike Frisch)

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