A former member of the Hay River RCMP Detachment is facing three criminal charges, including theft, following an investigation by members of the RCMP’s “G” Division and Edmonton Major Crimes Unit earlier this year.
Sgt. Larry O’Brien, a former RCMP “G” Division media spokesperson, is facing charges of theft under $5,000, breach of trust, and uttering a forged document following an incident on Jan. 8, 2009 where $2,000 allegedly was removed from the exhibit locker in the Yellowknife Detachment. The money was located the next day.
An investigation was immediately launched by “G” Division officers to determine whether there was any criminal wrongdoing. Once it became apparent that there was, the investigation was turned over to the RCMP Edmonton Major Crimes Unit to ensure an impartial investigation. Once the investigation concluded in March, the unit’s report was turned over to Crown prosecutor’s office to determine what charges should be laid.
O’Brien is also facing a charge of uttering threats following an incident involving five members of the Yellowknife detachment on June 25. O’Brien was arrested after making the threat and later released with conditions.
According to an RCMP press release, O’Brien also faces a RCMP Code of Conduct review and possible disciplinary action.
O’Brien, a 21-year veteran of the RCMP, has spent 13 years in the NWT in both the Hay River and Yellowknife detachments. He is well-known for his involvement in press conferences following the murder of Hay River RCMP Const. Chris Worden in Oct. 2007. O’Brien was suspended from the RCMP on Feb. 26 and is expected to make his first court appearance on the charges on Aug. 24.