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Case against ex-sergeant scheduled for July 31 trial

July 18, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A former West Virginia State Police sergeant who was indicted last year on a charge of mail fraud following an audit of the Martinsburg state police detachment's evidence room is set to face trial in a little less than two weeks.

George William Bradshaw III, of 614 E. Moler Ave., will face trial beginning July 31 in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg, attorneys in the case said in a hearing in U.S. District Court Monday afternoon.

U.S. Attorney Paul Camilletti told District Judge Craig Broadwater that he expects to use 25 witnesses and that the trial could last about four days.

Camilletti said he also expects to use a handwriting expert for his case.

Defense attorney Craig Manford said he expects to use about 30 witnesses.

According to the indictment against Bradshaw, which was handed up last Nov. 15, Bradshaw was the "evidence custodian" at the Martinsburg state police detachment on Edwin Miller Boulevard.

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When money is seized by state police, the investigator completes a property disposition report which specifies the amount of money seized and from whom it was seized, the indictment said.

When the money arrives in the detachment, it is logged into evidence with the completion of an evidence log sheet, the indictment said.

The indictment alleges that from about Oct. 1, 1999, to about Sept. 13, 2002, Bradshaw devised a scheme of obtaining money by "fraudulent pretenses."

The case involved the removal of two forms including the property disposition report.

The forms would be replaced with altered or fraudulent forms, the indictment stated.

As a result of the audit of the evidence room, it was discovered that money was missing from 20 cases totaling $18,542, according to the indictment.

The mail fraud violation carries a possible punishment of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

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