Former Kneehill County employee charged with fraud

RCMP have charged a former Kneehill County employee over allegations that he stole over $100,000 from the county.

RCMP have charged a former Kneehill County employee over allegations that he stole over $100,000 from the county.

Niall Sharpe, 52, who lives in Red Deer, has been charged with fraud over $5,000, forgery and theft over $5,000. He worked as the county’s emergency services officer for six years before resigning in June of this year.

Kneehill County is south of Red Deer and surrounds the towns of Trochu and Three Hills.

Through an investigation of more than two months, RCMP allege that Sharpe obtained money, goods and services by way of forgery, fraud and theft.

RCMP arrested Sharpe on Monday and executed a search warrant on Tuesday on Sharpe’s Red Deer home, during which they seized “a number of items alleged to be obtained by crime.”

Sharpe is scheduled to appear in court in Drumheller on Nov. 6.