A Riga town judge in Monroe County has been censured by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct.
According to a news release, Scott Okalowicz, a justice in the town of Riga, inaccurately certified that he had not worked four days during a week- resulting in $318 in unemployment compensation.
The judge, who agreed to the censure, received $318 in unemployment compensation.
“The amount of money at issue here may be small, but the pertinent principle looms large. Whether acting as a fiduciary or beneficiary of public funds, a judge must know and follow the rules and not swear to the truth of inaccurate claims, especially where the result is money in his or her pocket. Faith in the integrity of the judge and ultimately the court hangs in the balance,” Commission Administrator Robert Tembeckjian said. “To his credit, Judge Okolowicz accepted responsibility.”
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