Former RCMP Officer Not Guilty In Fraud Case
The former local RCMP officer accused of fraud and false pretence has been found "not guilty" by a Nelson court.
Constable Kelly Barrie -formerly with the New Denver detachment - had been accused of falsely submitting a hotel receipt for a night's stay in a Kelowna hotel two years ago while she was on a medical appointment.
The bill had actually been paid for and claimed back by her former fiance and fellow Constable Sam Nakatsu who was with the Nakusp detachment at the time.
He too was on a medical appointment but the two had spent the night together in violation of a court order not to be in contact following a previous domestic incident.
The prosecution argued Barrie had blacked out parts of a hotel receipt in her expense claim knowing full well Nakatsu had paid it. Her defence said she'd blacked it out because she didn't want anyone to know she spent the night with Nakatsu and she was entitled to claim a night's hotel expenses because she was on a medical appointment.
Judge Ron Fabbro decided the crown had not proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Barrie's actions were deliberately fraudulent.
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