Mounties charged

Two RCMP members who worked in West Kootenay detachments are due back in court next month.

Two RCMP members who worked in West Kootenay detachments are due back in court next month.

Cst. Kelly Barrie, 32 who worked at the Slocan Lake detachment, is facing one count each of fraud under $5,000 and false pretense under $5,000 relating to an expense claim of approximately $125 for work-related travel.

The offences are alleged to have occurred on March 8, 2011 in Nelson.

Meanwhile, Cst. Sam Nakatsku, 37, formerly of the Nakusp detachment is facing one count of breach of undertaking for allegedly violating a no contact order with Barrie on November 18, 2010 in Kelowna.

Both officers, who remain on active duty, made their first appearance in Nelson Provincial Court on December 6, but RCMP only issued a news release about the charges this week, prior their second appearances on Tuesday. They return to court February 7.

Sgt. Rob Vermeulen, a senior media relations officer said as the matter is before the courts, no further information is being released.

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