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Former Corfu officials indicted

Batavia, N.Y. – A grand jury has indicted a father and daughter from Corfu for allegedly defrauding taxpayers.

Former Corfu Village Clerk Brandi Watts, 32 – also named in the indictment as Brandi Alexander – is accused of tampering with timesheets to exaggerate the number hours she worked between 2009 and 2011. She is accused of stealing about $14,000.

The investigation began when an audit by the New York State Comptroller’s Office found that about $10,000 was missing from village accounts.

Watts is charged with two counts of grand larceny 3rd, one count of grand larceny 4th, 53 counts of offering a false instrument for filing 1st, and five counts of tampering with public records 1st.

Watts’ father, Judge Robert Alexander, 67, of Corfu, is charged with two counts of coercion 2nd, and one count of official misconduct. Alexander served as Corfu Village Justice at the time of the accounting discrepancy. He is currently the Town Justice for Pembroke.

Alexander was released on his own recognizance and is due to appear in Genesee County Court on July 22.

Watts was remanded to the custody of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office in lieu of $10,000 bail.

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