Once sworn to uphold the law, a suspended RCMP officer was convicted of more than a dozen criminal charges including extortion and criminal harassment.
In Red Deer court Friday, Const. Hoa La was convicted of 14 charges, including two counts of extortion, two counts of criminal harassment and 10 counts of fraud over $5,000.
La, who is from Airdrie and worked in the passport and immigration section in Calgary, turned himself in to RCMP and was charged in connection to real estate deals.
The charges, filed in 2009, were the result of a lengthy RCMP investigation following a complaint about the officer’s business dealings in November 2006.
It was alleged he made “false representations,” between 2005 and 2008 tied to properties he owned in various parts of central Alberta, with Mounties alleging he lied to banks to acquire mortgages and purchase the residences.
Shortly after, Mounties said in a statement it was “alleged that there was criminal harassment of tenants at some of these locations.”read more