Edmonton police officer charged with theft, fraud

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An Edmonton police officer is facing theft and fraud charges.

It is alleged that while off duty the constable stole various items from two different grocery/retail stores on seven different occasions between Jan. 4 and May 22, police said Friday in a news release. It is also alleged on some of those occasions, items were fraudulently scanned in self-checkouts.

Const. Celia Frattin, a 16-year veteran of Edmonton Police Services, has been charged with four counts of theft under $5,000 and three counts of fraud. The charges follow an investigation by the EPS Professional Standards Branch.

Frattin has been relieved from duty with pay.

Court documents show Frattin was charged for a February 2007 assault. Media reports from 2008 state she allegedly kicked a suspect after he stole her unmarked police cruiser while she was looking for a robber outside. A 16-month investigation led to the assault charge being laid.

The charge was later dismissed, court documents show.

Victims Services Alberta’s website shows Frattin is one of two Edmonton regional representatives for the organization.

Edmonton police will not be providing further comment as the matter is now before the courts.

– With Files from Dylan Short