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Mountie charged over alleged improper use of credit cards

Jun 27 2012

A Victoria-based RCMP officer is due in court Aug. 1 to face two counts of fraud under $5,000, both related to alleged improper use of federal government credit cards while on duty.

Cpl. Tony Spink, part of a special-investigations unit, has been suspended with pay.

He was served last week with a notice of the RCMP's intent to recommend that his pay and allowances be stopped.

As well, an internal RCMP code of conduct investigation has begun.

RCMP's B.C. branch Insp. Blair Staples said in a statement that he took swift action when the allegations came to light.

"I immediately ordered an internal audit into this when it was determined that questionable expenses had been charged to [Spink's] credit card.

" I am extremely disappointed in the alleged actions of Cpl. Spink."

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