Mountie in charge of Mayerthorpe detachment when 4 RCMP killed faces charges

The Canadian Press

SPRUCE GROVE, Alta. - An Alberta Mountie who was in charge of the detachment in Mayerthorpe when four officers were gunned down faces unrelated criminal charges.

Sgt. Jim Martin of Spruce Grove has been charged with two counts of fraud and two counts of breach of trust.

Mounties say Martin is accused of using RCMP credit cards to buy personal items.

Martin has been suspended with pay pending resolution of the charges and faces an internal RCMP code of conduct investigation.

He was a corporal in charge of the Mayerthorpe detachment on March 3, 2005, when four constables were murdered by gunman James Roszko.

Martin was to be promoted to the rank of inspector and transferred to Vancouver Island, but the promotion and transfer have been cancelled.