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Jury seated in former sergeant's trial

August 01, 2006|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A jury of 10 women and four men, including two alternates, was seated Monday in Martinsburg to consider the federal government's case of a former West Virginia State Police sergeant charged with mail fraud.

The trial for George William Bradshaw III, of 614 E. Moler Ave., is expected to begin at 8:30 a.m. today in U.S. District Court, with opening statements by U.S. Attorney Paul T. Camilletti.

The jurors were selected from a pool of 46 for a trial that Judge W. Craig Broadwater said could take as many as three days to complete, "if everything went perfectly."

More than 30 witnesses could be directed to testify, and several Camilletti and defense attorney Craig B. Manford identified to the prospective jurors are current or former employees of the West Virginia State Police.

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Camilletti introduced Sgt. Scott T. Dillon to the pool as the case agent before questions were asked about the prospective jurors' possible relationship with law enforcement officers of any stripe.

Several who acknowledged relationships, direct or indirect, were not ultimately asked to serve on the jury panel.

The jurors for this trial are expected to hear how the defendant allegedly devised a fraudulent scheme to obtain money seized by fellow state police officers between Oct. 1, 1999, and about Sept. 13, 2002.

Indicted in November, authorities say Bradshaw was the "evidence custodian" at the West Virginia State Police Martinsburg detachment off Edwin Miller Boulevard when money was improperly taken. An audit of the evidence room revealed that a total of $18,542 was missing from 20 cases, according to the indictment.

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

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

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

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

Bradshaw could be sentenced up to 20 years in prison and fined $250,000 if convicted of the mail fraud charge.

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