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A former state trooper from the Mon Valley has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges he tried to trick his pension fund into not paying out benefits to his ex-wife.
Steven P. Grados, 51, of Carroll Twp., Washington County, was charged with mail fraud and counterfeiting a federal court seal, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
Published reports indicate that Grados is a former Pennsylvania state police corporal, at one time assigned to Troop A, Greensburg barracks.
According to the three-count indictment, Grados created false documents that consisted of an opinion and court order and mailed them to the Pennsylvania State Employees Retirement System offices in Harrisburg in order to deceive that office into discontinuing paying a portion of his state police pension to his former spouse.
Grados could face up to 20 years on each count of mail fraud and five years on the single count for forging the signature of a federal judge, plus a fine of up to $250,000 on each of the three counts, Hickton said.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the indictment, a spokeswoman said.
According to court records and a story in the Washington Observer-Reporter, in 2014, Grados was arrested in July of that year and briefly jailed for violating a protection from abuse order. The charges were later withdrawn, according to court records.
Originally published March 23, 2016.