Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Trial to Begin in Forgery Case Involving Late Judge

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Trial to Begin in Forgery Case Involving Late Judge

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Testimony will begin Wednesday in an unusual federal trial born of marital strife that judges in Pittsburgh could not hear because it involves the forged signature of their dead U.S. District Court colleague.

Steven Grados, a retired state trooper, is accused of sending a fake document and court order from the late U.S. District Judge Gary Lancaster in an attempt to persuade a state agency to reduce pension payments to his ex-wife, Karen Lanier, and gain more pension money for himself.

U.S. District Judge Kim Gibson, who presides in Johnstown, will conduct the trial in Pittsburgh because judges here recused themselves.

A jury was selected Tuesday and opening statements are set for this morning.

Mr. Grados, 51, of Monongahela, was indicted last year on charges of mail fraud and forgery of a U. …

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