Suspended Kamloops Mountie has pay revoked
A local Mountie accused of bilking a Kamloops big-box retailer out of $1,000 in a retail fraud has been suspended without pay, KTW has learned.
Trent Wessner, a Kamloops-based constable with the RCMP's highway patrol, was suspended with pay after charges were laid against him in April. At the time, RCMP brass said they would apply to have him suspended without pay.
KTW has learned Wessner has been suspended without pay since July 3.
The 32-year-old Mountie is facing one count of fraud under $5,000, alleged to have 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.
The charge against Wessner was sworn on April 16.
He's slated 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.