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Bradshaw's sentencing hearing is rescheduled

March 08, 2007|by DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A sentencing hearing for a former West Virginia State Police sergeant previously convicted of mail fraud got under way Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

But District Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. halted the hearing for George William Bradshaw III because he said the process was taking longer than he expected.

Other cases were being handled in court Tuesday and Stamp told lawyers in the Bradshaw case that he needed to reschedule the hearing to allow more time for it.

Bradshaw was convicted of mail fraud in August 2006 after U.S. Attorney Paul T. Camilletti had witnesses repeatedly dissect at least 23 "questioned" documents that investigators suspected were altered by Bradshaw while he was a Martinsburg state police commander.

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The alterations, Camilletti argued, were made by Bradshaw to cover up the disappearance of thousands of dollars seized from drug dealers and other individuals arrested from 1999 to 2002. An audit revealed $18,542 was missing from 19 cases investigated by Martinsburg detachment officers.

Tuesday's hearing was postponed as lawyers began examining the exact dollar loss in the case.

Conviction on the charge of mail fraud carries a possible punishment of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

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