22 April 2006 – Winnipeg Sun
WINNIPEG, CANADA – A veteran Mountie who’s been on the job 19 years has been suspended from the Selkirk RCMP amid allegations of theft and breach of trust.
Const. Nuno Alvares Camara has been charged with three counts of theft of property under $5,000 and two counts of breach of trust.
He has been suspended from the RCMP and is scheduled to appear in provincial court in Selkirk May 23.
RCMP said yesterday the allegations stem from two separate incidents that occurred in June and November of last year.
Sgt. Steve Colwell, a spokesman for Manitoba RCMP, said the breach of trust charges are work related, but he was unsure whether the theft charges were connected to Camara’s employment or whether they allegedly occurred while the constable was off duty.
Colwell could not say what Camara is alleged to have stolen or how he is alleged to have breached trust.
“We have a policy here that when a member is charged we release that information publicly, but we don’t go into detail,” said Colwell.
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“Right now these are only allegations and he hasn’t been proven guilty.”
Colwell said he believes Camara has been off work since late last year, although he was only suspended from duty in the past few days.
Camara, who has been a Mountie for about 19 years, moved to the Selkirk detachment in early 2005 after being posted in the Headingley Traffic Services detachment.
The RCMP’s commercial crime unit opened an investigation into allegations of fraud in the Headingley traffic office in February, but Colwell said it appears Camara’s charges have nothing to do with that investigation.