Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ex-State Trooper Sentenced to Prison

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ex-State Trooper Sentenced to Prison

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A former state trooper who forged a federal judge's signature on a fake court order to keep his ex-wife from getting part of his pension will spend more than three years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Kim Gibson, brought in from Johnstown to handle the case, on Friday imposed a term of 46 months on Steven Grados, 51, of Monongahela.

Grados was convicted at trial in U.S. District Court of sending a fake court order to the state office that controls police pensions in order to reduce payments to his ex-wife, Karen Lanier.

He was found guilty of two counts of mail fraud and forging the signature of the late U.S. District Judge Gary Lancaster.

Judge Gibson conducted the trial because all the Pittsburgh judges recused themselves.

The government's key witness was Grados's second wife, Carlese Grados, who testified under a grant of immunity.

She said she helped her husband type the bogus court order because he couldn't type well, then watched him put on gloves and trace the late judge's signature on the order before helping him mail it to the Harrisburg pension office. …

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