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Former 36th District Court clerk sentenced to probation in bribery scheme

Annette Bates took money in exchange for dismissing traffic violations

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DETROIT – A former 36th District Court clerk who admitted to taking thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for dismissing traffic tickets was sentenced Friday to four years of probation and was ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution to the court.

Annette Bates, 56, of Detroit, pleaded guilty to two counts of forgery after an investigation by the Michigan Attorney General's Office and an FBI corruption task force uncovered that she fraudulently dismissed about $40,000 in traffic tickets over a two-year period by using the names of four 36th District Court judges who had no knowledge of the scheme.

Prosecutors said Bates worked with a co-conspirator, Charles Fair. Fair also pleaded guilty to two counts of forgery and will be sentenced on March 14.