The Wyoming County District Attorney's Office confirms it is investigating the Village of Corfu Court System in Genesee County following a State Comptroller report showing more than $10,000 in missing money. YNN's Rose Eiklor explains.
Genesee County District Attorney Lawrence Friedman felt there was a conflict of interest. He handed the case over to the Wyoming County D.A., Donald O’Geen, who said “I was just recently asked a couple months ago by the Genesee County judge if I would be the special prosecutor in this case."
The audit examined records completed by Justice Robert Alexander and the court clerk from November 1, 2009 through September 12, 2011. The audit found that some bank deposits were split or even back dated.
They also found that some fines were recorded at values less than the actual amount paid, and some cash payments were collected but did not appear to be deposited.
The report also showed a discrepancy with tickets not being recorded with the DMV. According to the audit, some tickets were reported as closed before there was any evidence a fine was paid.
The report stated that the court clerk was the justice's daughter. It stated after asking the clerk about these exemptions, she stated “that she performed her job too quickly and had made many errors." The report states the board terminated the clerk's employment in August 2011.
The audit states some corrective actions have been made by the court. In the report, the judge confirmed some of the states findings but refuted others, and the New York State Comptroller's Office stood by its findings.
O’Geen said this is an ongoing investigation, and “I really want to see people let the process take its course. I don't want to see people intervene or interfere with the investigation at this point. I think that leads to possible obstruction to the investigation.”
Justice Alexander dropped out of this year's village of Corfu election but is currently still a justice in the town of Pembroke. A call to Alexander was not returned.