Former Alberta RCMP officer charged with fraud now facing criminal harassment offences
An former officer, who resigned from the Spruce Grove/Stony Plain RCMP while he was being investigated, was charged Thursday with more offences, including harassment and mischief involving two women he had relationships with.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team charged Aaron Sayler with three additional fraud-related offences connected to “an application for financial RCMP relocation benefits.”
Sayler was also charged with one count of criminal harassment and mischief “in relation to repeated acts of vandalism to the home of one woman,” ASIRT said.
He’s also charged with one count of mischief “in relation to damage done to a vehicle of a second woman,” the agency said.
“Both women had been involved in prior relationships with Aaron Sayler.”
In a news release, Alberta RCMP said Sayler was charged with: fraud over $5,000, obtaining by false pretense, uttering a forged document, criminal harassment, and two counts of mischief.
In October 2016, Sayler, 30, was charged with theft under $5,000, obtaining by false pretences, uttering a forged document and fraud under $5,000.
ASIRT alleged the officer took an airsoft pistol instead of seizing it after finding it in a vehicle he was searching while on duty in March 2015. He was also accused of committing insurance fraud by allegedly creating a false hit-and-run report that he submitted to his insurance company to get $1,600 in October 2014.
It was the first time in ASIRT’s history that it charged an officer with fraud or theft.
Watch below: A former member of the Stony Plain/Spruce Grove RCMP has been charged with fraud and theft. Aaron Sayler has been charged with theft under $5,000, obtaining by false pretences, uttering a forged document and fraud under $5,000. Tom Vernon has the details.
While that investigation was taking place, Sayler was suspended from duty in February of 2016 and later resigned from the RCMP, ASIRT said.
During that case, ASIRT’s executive director started a separate investigation into additional, unrelated potential offences by Sayler while he was still employed as an RCMP officer.
“Mr. Sayler is no longer a police officer but at the time of the offences was a sworn member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police working in the Enoch/Spruce Grove/Stony Plain Detachment at the rank of constable,” Alberta RCMP said.
They said Sayler had been with the RCMP for eight years and 11 months.
“From 2007 to 2011, he was posted to the Slave Lake Detachment and in 2012, was transferred to the Enoch/Spruce Grove/Stony Plain Detachment where he remained until he left the RCMP in 2016.”
He has been released with conditions and is scheduled to appear in Stony Plain Provincial Court on July 19.
None of the allegations has been proven in court.
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