Theft and fraud charges have been laid against a former Mountie.
The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ASIRT) said Friday the constable was working in the Spruce Grove/Stony Plain detachment when an investigation was launched on Feb. 18, 2016 into two offences.
In the first, the officer was accused of not submitting an airsoft pistol into evidence, instead taking it for himself on March 6, 2015.
— ASIRT (@ASIRT_AB) October 21, 2016
It’s also alleged that he submitted a false hit and run report to his insurance agency to get insurance money on Oct. 27, 2015.
“We were conducting an investigation into some matters and we spoke to different witnesses and as a result of our conversations with those witnesses information came to light that sent us in different directions, Susan Hughson, ASIRT’s executive director told a news conference. “One being the insurance fraud and one being theft of an item from a search.”
“There was no hit and run. It was a false report. A false RCMP report was generated to support a claim for a false hit and run collision,” Hughson said.
“This is the first time ASIRT has charged an officer with a theft or fraud related offense. So I would say from ASIRT’s perspective it’s reasonably rare. I think that’s the disappointing part about these types of offenses though, is when an officer is charged with these offenses, it diminishes public confidence.”
“The public shouldn’t worry that there are rampant officers engaging in this type of behavior. If anything the past two years have shown we have strong positive, very professional honourable investigators and police officers that do their job with integrity.”
Aaron Sayler was suspended in February 2016 and resigned on Wednesday. The almost nine year vet of the RCMP is facing four counts related to fraud and theft. He served in Slave Lake from 2007 to 2001 before being moved to the Stony Plain detachment in 2012. (kb/sj)