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May 9, 2013

3rd trooper pleads guilty to misusing state credit card

— A third former Alabama state trooper was convicted today for using a state credit card to purchase gasoline for personal use.

Kenneth Grissett, 52, of Tuscaloosa, had been stationed at the Tuscaloosa office of the Alabama Department of Public Safety. He pleaded guilty to second-degree theft of property in Tuscaloosa Circuit Court. He was sentenced to three years in jail, but that sentence was suspended and he was ordered to serve three years of probation and pay $1,225 in restitution to the state, Attorney General Luther Strange said.

The state’s evidence against Grissett included Grissett’s statement to ABI investigators and records that showed Grissett purchased more than $500 worth of gasoline for his personal vehicle with a state credit card from January 2010 to February 2011. 

This is the third state trooper to plead guilty to felony charges related to improper use of a state credit card. Former state troopers Terry Stallworth and Jonathan Dees pleaded guilty to felony ethics charges for misusing their state credit cards to purchase fuel for themselves. Grissett’s guilty plea marks the end of a 2011 investigation by the ABI, which resulted in the resignations and felony convictions of the three troopers.

“It is always unfortunate when any public servant betrays the trust of the people," Strange said. "Law enforcement officers in this state are sworn to uphold the law and do so with the trust, respect and gratitude of all Alabamians. The convictions of these former state troopers are disappointing reminders that no one is above the law."

Strange commended Deputy Attorney General Mike Duffy and Assistant Attorney General Pete Smyczek of the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Division and thanked the ABI for their  handling of all three cases.

 

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