A man who claims to be a former agent for the RCMP is suing the force for allegedly failing to pay him for his clandestine activities.
The man, identified in a lawsuit only as Agent E, says that from 2001 until late 2014, he worked under the RCMP to provide investigative services in the areas of national security, money laundering and drug trafficking.
He claims in the suit filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver that he actively gathered information regarding specific targets identified by the RCMP, including brokering transactions involving the import and export of controlled substances at the request of the RCMP.
Agent E says he brokered meetings between smugglers and traffickers that would not otherwise have occurred and relayed details of those meetings to RCMP officials.
He also claims to have facilitated the production of controlled substances under the direction of the RCMP and to have helped international investigations of “representatives of foreign entities” dealing with passport fraud and money laundering.
“The plaintiff’s services generated information of value to the RCMP in respect of approximately 40 investigative targets,” says the suit. “The identities of the targets and details of the information provided to the RCMP cannot be disclosed in this pleading as the information would risk exposing the plaintiff’s identity.”
An RCMP spokesman said that, as with any litigation, any comments the RCMP make would be contained in a statement of defence and then the courtroom. The lawsuit contains allegations that have not been tested in court.
Agent E claims that in return for his services he was guaranteed confidentiality and immunity from prosecution for all of the criminal activities he conducted under the direction of the RCMP.
He alleges that the RCMP promised to pay him for his services by means of a “single balloon payment” for a single file that would avoid disclosure of his identity on other files. But he claims that while the RCMP has reimbursed him for expenses, the force has never made the single payment to him.
Before working for the RCMP, Agent E says he was not engaged in criminal activities and would not have worked for them but for the promises, guarantees and inducements offered by the RCMP.
“The plaintiff was not charged for any of the activities he conducted at the direction of the RCMP. To the plaintiff’s knowledge, his identity was not disclosed to any defendants in any criminal prosecution. The RCMP did not breach the immunity or confidentiality promises.”
But as a result of his activities, Agent E claims that he is subject to international travel restrictions. He claims the RCMP was a contributing cause to the restrictions as they have disseminated information to foreign entities and international organizations that are in a position to restrict Agent E’s ability to travel.
“The plaintiff is at risk of retaliation by individuals who learn or suspect his role in their investigations. The plaintiff will seek an order sealing the court file.”
Agent E is claiming unspecified general, special, aggravated and punitive damages as well as an injunction or order requiring the RCMP to take such steps as are necessary to facilitate his travel.