Schuette: Second Person Sentenced in $40,000 Forgery Scam at Detroit Court

Contact: Andrea Bitely 517-373-8060

March 15, 2016

LANSING - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that Charles Fair, 44, the co-conspirator of former 36th District Court clerk Annette Bates, was sentenced to 24 months of probation, the first 6 months in the Wayne County jail, with credit for 11 days served and ordered to pay $2,638.00 in restitution to the 36th District Court within 1 year as well as state and court fees. Fair pleaded guilty as charged to two counts of forgery in the $40,000 bribery scheme that traded money for the dismissal of traffic violations.

Fair was sentenced Monday, March 14, 2016 by Judge Gregory D. Bill, of the Wayne County Circuit Court.

Case Background

Charles Fair and co-conspirator Annette Bates were each charged with two felony counts of forgery after a joint investigation between the Michigan Department of Attorney General and the FBI’s Detroit-Area Public Corruption Task Force. The investigation revealed that over a two-year period, the duo fraudulently dismissed about $40,000 in traffic tickets using the names of four 36th District Court judges. The requests were funneled from Fair to Bates, then a 36th District Court clerk, who would then dismiss the tickets from court records without the judges’ knowledge.

Bates also pleaded guilty to two counts of forgery and was sentenced to four years probation and ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution to the 36th District Court on Friday, February 12, 2016.