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Ex Ala. Trooper, custodian arrested

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Two former Alabama Department of Public Safety employees are under arrest, according to Attorney General Luther Strange's office, and charged with felony theft and ethics violations.

The suspects, identified as Kenneth Robert Grissett, 50, of Northport, and Earl M. Champion, 65, of Cottondale, both surrendered Wednesday at the Tuscaloosa County Jail. 

The Attorney General's office identified Grissett as a former state trooper and Champion as a former building custodian. Both resigned their positions from the Tuscaloosa State Trooper Post in March 2011.

Attorney General Strange's Office presented evidence to a Tuscaloosa County Grand Jury, resulting in the indictments on February 1.

Grissett and Champion are accused of stealing gasoline and using their public positions for personal gain.

The Alabama Dept. of Public Safety said in May 2011 that four employees resigned after an investigation was launched into fuel card discrepancies. It was not immediately known if Grissett or Champion was a part of that report. 

Second-degree theft is a class C felony, punishable by one year and a day, to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $15,000.

Use of official position for personal gain, a violation of the state ethics law, is a class B felony, with each count punishable by two to 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $30,000.   

INFORMATION SOURCE: Attorney General Strange's office

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Kenneth R. Grissett Second-degree theft of gasoline valued at more than $500, occurring and continuing between the approximate dates of January 2010 and February 2011; Intentional use of his official

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