- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Authorities say a former court clerk and a longtime acquaintance took about $20,000 in bribes to dismiss more than $40,000 in traffic tickets and fines.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says 56-year-old Annette Bates, an ex-36th District Court clerk, and 44-year-old Charles Fair are charged with forgery.

Not guilty pleas were entered on their behalf Monday. Court records don’t list lawyers for them.

The felony charges follow an investigation involving Schuette’s office and the FBI’s public corruption task force. Schuette says over a two-year period the Detroit residents forged dismissals of traffic tickets, fines and citations in the name of 36th District Court judges.

Schuette’s office says the judges weren’t aware of the dismissals. In some cases, dismissing tickets allowed drivers with a suspended license to regain an operator’s license.

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