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State trooper charged with fraud

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A West Virginia State Police trooper faces charges of obtaining leave pay for military training that he didn't attend.

Media outlets report that a Berkeley County Circuit Court grand jury indicted 25-year-old Johnathan Brand on Wednesday on one count of fraudulent scheme.

Brand is assigned to the Martinsburg detachment.

Brand is accused of submitting leave requests to attend military training when he no longer was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. The indictment says he received more than $4,400 in leave pay between April 2012 and March 2013.

State police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous tells The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., that Brand has been on administrative leave without pay since March 27.

 


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