Second RCMP officer from Surrey 6 case in trouble
VANCOUVER – A second member of the RCMP’s Surrey 6 investigative team has been placed on administrative duties – this time over an allegation of fraud.
RCMP revealed yesterday one other team member who probed the gangland killing of six people in a Surrey apartment had an inappropriate relationship with a female who was a potential witness in the Surrey 6 investigation.
“A 5-year member with the RCMP, posted to IHIT as part of Project E-Peseta (Surrey 6 investigation) since late 2008, is currently facing criminal charges of Fraud and Attempted Fraud relating to two overtime claims he submitted in July and August 2009,” RCMP said in a statement.
“The allegation surfaced in late August 2009 and both internal and criminal investigations were commenced. The member was removed from any operational work and was placed on administrative duties,” said a statement issued by RCMP headquarters on Thursday.
Const. Steve Perrault has been charged with one count of fraud and one of attempted fraud.
“He was served a summons yesterday and will be appearing in court on March 18, 2010,” RCMP said.
RCMP placed another member of the team on desk duties after admitting he is under an internal investigation for having had an inappropriate relationship with a female witness.
The allegation is not yet a criminal matter but the determination will be made by an internal investigation, said RCMP spokesman Sgt. Peter Thiessen on Thursday.
Potentially the issue could cause a credibility hazard in the case if the cop is called to testify. It also creates a hurdle for the crown in their ability to call the female as a witness or if the defence calls her as a witness.