Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Retired State Trooper Charged with Forgery Grand Jury: He Faked Dead Judge's Signature

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Retired State Trooper Charged with Forgery Grand Jury: He Faked Dead Judge's Signature

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A retired state trooper in Washington County sent a fake document and a bogus court order from a dead U.S. judge to the Pennsylvania office overseeing state police pensions to fool the agency into reducing payments to his ex-wife, according to a federal grand jury.

Steven Grados, 51, of Monongahela, was indicted Tuesday on charges of mail fraud and forging a seal of court in sending the fake documents in 2014 to the State Employee Retirement System office in Harrisburg.

The grand jury said he forged the signature of the late U.S. District Judge Gary Lancaster on a bogus memorandum opinion directing the state office to reduce payments to his former wife, Karen Lanier.

He dated the order April 1, 2013, and sent it in May 2014, according to the FBI, although the judge died April 24, 2013.

Judge Lancaster had presided over a federal civil rights case Mr. Grados had brought against his ex-wife, her lawyer, his own lawyer and an Illinois judge in July 2011. …

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