Chief investigator for Oklahoma VA accused of impersonating a police officer

Former Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs investigator Steven Pancoast. Photo credit: Canadian County Jail

Now, while the FBI dives deeper into Pancoast and the process that led to his hiring, many are worrying about the cases that Pancoast was working on as well as those that have been completed. For example, Pancoast was the lead investigator in a pending second-degree murder case against a former physician’s assistant at the Claremore Veterans Center. Adams is accused of neglecting his medical duties, leading to the death of two people back in 2012. The status of this case is now in question.

Pancoast also held a large role in the high-profile embezzlement case against David Austin Kellerman, according to News OK. Now, investigators have to begin gathering evidence all over again in the hopes that the case isn’t thrown out of court due to the fact that Pancoast was involved. Prosecutors also believe that a drug charge against Kellerman will have to be thrown out, since the evidence was gathered by Pancoast’s team.

“Internally, the attorney general’s office has initiated a review of all matters in which Pancoast was involved to determine what, if any, actions should be taken in those cases,” Aaron Cooper, a spokesman for Attorney General Scott Pruitt told News OK.

Pruitt’s office released the following statement earlier this week:

“It is shocking to find that someone who so brazenly pretended to be a law enforcement officer was, in fact, a convicted felon producing fraudulent credentials to obtain his position.”

Certainly, my office will prosecute these crimes to the full extent of the law. We have also begun to review every case that our office received assistance from this individual. After agents from this office began to question his credentials, the seamless interaction between federal, state, and local authorities led to him being quickly removed from the ODVA and to a charge and apprehension of this felon.”

Pancoast has been charged with possessing a firearm after a felony conviction, perjury, and impersonating an officer. He has been released on bail and is awaiting his trial.


  • Brett Gillin is a journalist and fiction writer based in South Florida. Many of his friends and family members have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, as Police Officers, and first responders. Gillin is currently working on several screenplays, and his writings have been published in numerous national and international publications and websites.

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