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Former Corfu Village Justice Accepts Plea Deal

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GENESEE COUNTY, N.Y. — Former Corfu Village Justice Robert Alexander has accepted a plea deal that could end in the dismissal of coercion and official misconduct charges.

A state comptroller's audit of records completed by Alexander and his daughter, former court clerk, Brandi Watts, found more than $10,000 missing from the courts between 2009 and 2011. The Wyoming County District Attorney reached a joint plea deal with the two.

Earlier this month, Watts paid more than $10,000 in restitution and pleaded guilty to felony tampering with public records. She will be on interim probation for a year, and if she stays out of trouble the charges will be lowered to a misdemeanor.

As part of the deal, Alexander resigned as Pembroke Town Justice.

"For a person with his personality and his position, I feel like making someone publicly resign is a very big way to show people, hey, he did something wrong. This has been going on for five years. I think there is a value to bring this to a conclusion so the people of Corfu can move forward more than they already have," said Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O'Geen.

Alexander was granted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal for a period of six months. If he stays out of trouble during this time, his charges will be dropped. He's also prevented from seeking judicial office during the next six months.

Alexander is due back in court May 19.

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