Mountie to have his day in court
A local Mountie accused of bilking a Kamloops big-box retailer out of $1,000 in an electronics-return scam will have his day in court.
In a meeting outside of court earlier this month, lawyers met to set pre-trial and trial dates for RCMP Const. Trent Wessner.
The 32-year-old Mountie is facing one count of fraud under $5,000, stemming from an allegation he purchased about $1,000 worth of stereo equipment from the store, then lied to Costco staff about returning it.
He somehow wound up with the returned cash and the equipment, investigators have said.
The offence is alleged to have taken place between Aug. 25, 2010, and Sept. 15, 2010.
Wessner is stationed with the RCMP’s highway patrol in Kamloops. He is not a member with the Kamloops RCMP’s city or rural detachments.
The charge against Wessner was sworn on April 16.
He is slated to return to return to Kamloops provincial court for pre-trial hearings in December and January, with a two-day trial slated for Feb. 28 and March 1, 2013.
Wessner was suspended with pay after he was charged.
RCMP brass said at the time they hoped to have that changed to suspended without pay, but no updated information is available.