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Grand jury indicts former Manchester town justice

Grand jury indicts former Manchester town justice

December 07, 2017 10:57 PM

An Ontario County grand jury had indicted the former Manchester town justice who allegedly stole in excess of $3,000 while carrying out her duties for the town.

Erika A. Martin, 45, of Shirley Street in Manchester, was arraigned in Ontario County Court on the indictment, charged with one count of fourth-degree grand larceny; one count of first-degree scheme to defraud; four counts of petit larceny and two counts of issuing a bad check. According to the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, the charges are a result of crimes discovered in the investigation of Martin’s personal and business accounts involving missing fine money from the town of Manchester fine account when Martin was a sitting town justice.

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Martin was charged in March with third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony, for allegedly stealing in excess of $3,000 while carrying out her duties as town judge — a position she had held since January 2016. After the charges, state Supreme Court Justice Craig Doran, who serves as the administrative judge for the 7th Judicial District, barred Martin from taking the bench until further notice. She has not been allowed to have access to court property or finances.

Ontario County sheriff’s deputies reported that Martin’s arrest came after town officials noticed money missing from a bank account used to hold fine money collected through the town court. Manchester Town Supervisor Jeff Gallahan said in March that he realized the financial discrepancy that led to the charges.

Martin allegedly began stealing the money during her first month on the bench, according to court documents.

According to the Ontario County Sheriff’s report Thursday, the victims in the case were were several financial institutions that suffered monetary loss as a result of Martin’s actions actions of kiting checks between various bank accounts she held in 2016.

Martin was arraigned by Ontario County Court Judge William Kocher and was released on her own recognizance. She is to reappear in Ontario County Court on Dec. 20.

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