RCMP officer pleads not guilty to fraud charges

Rosie Mullaley
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A RCMP officer who allegedly used a government credit card for his own personal use has pleaded not guilty to several charges of fraud.
Donald D. Perrett, 43, wasn't in provincial court when his case was called this morning. Instead, he was represented by his lawyer, David Day, who entered the pleas on his client's behalf.
Day and Crown prosecutor Ruth Wakeham - who was filling in for Vikas Khaladkar - agreed to schedule the seven-day trial for next spring, beginning June 14, 2010.
The late date is due to the fact that many of the witnesses - including RCMP officers - will be in Vancouver for the Olympics.
Day pointed out that it was an extensive file, with 42 pounds of evidence.
A native of Gatineau, Que., Perrett is charged with seven counts of fraud under $5,000, which were laid following the completion of an internal financial review by investigators.
The charges stem from the fraudulent use of government credit cards while he was stationed in this province.
It's alleged that between June 2006 and May 2007, Perrett purchased goods and services for his own use when he wasn't authorized to do so.
Perrett was transferred to Ottawa shortly afterwards and now lives in Quebec.
When Perrett's case was called in May, Day told Judge Greg Brown that Perrett was unable to return to this province due to health issues. He didn't say what he was being treated for.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Vancouver, Gatineau, Ottawa Quebec

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