Posted: 03/08/2011 10:38:57 AM PST

SAN BERNARDIN0 – Seven San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department employees have been indicted in a scandal involving the falsification of documents that were submitted to the state Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training.

Six of the defendants appeared in Superior Court this morning for arraignment. They were: former Sheriff’s Capt. Hobart Gray, his wife and former sheriff’s training specialist Angela Gray, retired Assistant Sheriff Michael Stodelle, Lt. Russell Wilke, training specialist Sally Ann Christian, and Deputy David Pichotta.

Retired sheriff’s Lt. Bill Maddox failed to appear, and Judge Michael Dest ordered that a warrant be issued for his arrest if he does not appear in court on Friday for his arraignment.

Dest granted Christian’s request to continue her arraignment until Friday. The five other defendants all pleaded not guilty. Dest also announced the release of the indictments and determined that each of the defendants was not a flight risk, therefore granting each of their requests to remain out of custody on their own recognizance.

Neither the court, sheriff’s officials nor the District Attorney’s Office would say what the defendants have been charged with. Susan Mickey, spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office, said she would not disclose any information until a scheduled 11:30 a.m. news conference at the District Attorney’s Office.

Top county officials who chose not to be identified said the case entails training documents that were falsified, then submitted by Angela Gray to the state commission, or POST, which enabled rank and file deputies to receive unjustified pay raises over a period of years.

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