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Ridge RCMP officer admits to forging document

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An officer with the Ridge Meadows RCMP detachment has admitted to forging a document while on duty, but won’t have a criminal record if he abides by a probation order for the next six months.

Const. Curtis Genest received a conditional discharge Wednesday after pleading guilty to one count of uttering a forged document.

A charge of fraud was stayed.

Police allege Genest submitted an altered internal administrative document on July 2.

An investigation into the allegations began the same day and eventually resulted in criminal charges, which were sworn in Port Coquitlam Provincial Court Aug. 20.

Police alleged Genest forged a document and passed it off as being genuine, which is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada.

“Honesty and integrity are values that every police officer must demonstrate each and every day without fail,” Insp. David Fleugel, acting officer in charge of Ridge Meadows RCMP, said after charges were first announced.

Const. Genest was assigned to administrative duties following the investigation and was also set to face an internal disciplinary review.

He received a six-month probation order with conditions that include keeping the peace and reporting any change of address or employment to the court.

 

Conditional   discharge

A conditional discharge is a sentence in which you may be found guilty of an offence but no conviction is registered against you (in other words, you will have no criminal record).

 

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