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N.W.T. RCMP charge one of their own members with fraud

Police say they were made aware of allegations of fraud at the RCMP detachment in Fort Liard, N.W.T., in June 2019, and asked Alberta RCMP to investigate. An RCMP member is among two charged.

RCMP say they were made aware of allegations at Fort Liard detachment in June 2019

The Northwest Territories RCMP have charged one of their own members and another person with fraud. (CBC)

Northwest Territories RCMP have charged one of their own with fraud.

Police said in a news release Friday they were made aware of allegations of fraud at the RCMP detachment in Fort Liard, N.W.T., more than a year ago in June 2019, and asked Alberta RCMP to investigate.

As a result of that investigation, an N.W.T. RCMP member, and another person, have been chaged with fraud.

Cpl. Curtis Ping, 59, has been charged with fraud over $5,000 and fraud under $5,000, as well as breach of trust by a public officer.

Darlene Ping, 56, has been charged with fraud over $5,000, fraud under $5,000, falsifying records or books, and falsifying employment records with intent to deceive.

N.W.T. RCMP say they've launched an internal code of conduct investigation, which is ongoing.

Cpl. Ping has been suspended with pay since the beginning of the investigations, states the Friday news release.

"I just want to make this clear to our people of [Fort Liard]. This matter had NO harm or threat toward our community. It was within the detachment," Fort Liard Mayor Hillary Deneron wrote in a Facebook post on Friday.

"We will continue to move forward on working on building a strong relationship within the RCMP and our community."

"As the police of jurisdiction, we are responsible to hold anyone who is alleged to have committed fraud, accountable," said Insp. Amber Clark, officer in charge of the south district, said in the release. "Out of respect for the court process, we will not comment further." 

Both people are set to appear in N.W.T. Territorial Court in Yellowknife on Sept. 15.

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