Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ex-Trooper Guilty of Mail Fraud

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ex-Trooper Guilty of Mail Fraud

Article excerpt

A federal jury on Friday convicted a retired state trooper of sending a fake court order to the state agency that controls pensions in order to reduce his ex-wife's payments.

After deliberating for a couple of hours, the jury found Steven Grados, 51, of Monongahela guilty of two counts of mail fraud and forging the signature of the late U.S. District Judge Gary Lancaster.

U.S. District Judge Kim Gibson, brought in from Johnstown to hear the case because Pittsburgh judges recused themselves, set sentencing for June 23.

Mr. Grados remains free on bond until then, but Judge Gibson warned him to stay away from his estranged wife, Carlese Grados of Greensburg, who was the government's key witness.

Mrs. Grados, Steven Grados' second wife, testified under a grant of immunity.

She said she helped her ex type up the bogus court order, watched him put on a pair of gloves and trace Judge Lancaster's signature on it, then helped him mail it to the Harrisburg pension office to reduce payments to his first wife, Karen Lanier. …

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