Former Pittsburgh police officer Garrett Brown reinstated

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A three-member arbitration panel decided today to reinstate a former PIttsburgh police officer who was charged and then acquitted in an insurance fraud case.

Garrett Brown, 42, is expected to return to the Pittsburgh police force after he completes some administrative procedures outlined by the city and the Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission.

Mr. Brown was fired from the force after he was charged in August of 2011 with insurance fraud, theft by deception and making a false report to law enforcement.

According to a criminal complaint, Mr. Brown told investigators that a U-Haul van rear-ended his pickup truck and fled the scene while two men in the truck told investigators they thought Mr. Brown "intentionally struck" them.

Online court records show that Mr. Brown was acquitted of all charges when his case went before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Jill Rangos.

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