Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Gov't worker may have used fake ID

Gov't worker may have used fake ID

RCMP officials are investigating whether a B.C. government employee at the centre of a major privacy breach used false identification to get his job, court documents show.

The allegation is contained in a sworn statement that police used to get a search warrant for the Victoria home of Richard Ernest Wainwright in April. He has not been charged with any offence.

The warrant information alleges that Wainwright, 44, used forged or altered documents to obtain a B.C. identification card and driver's licence in the name of Richard Ernest Perran.

"I believe that Wainwright used this false information in order to gain employment with the B.C. government," Sgt. Andrew Cowan, head of the federal commercial crime unit in Victoria, wrote in the warrant information.

During the search, police seized equipment suspected of being used to produce fake identity documents, including a laminator, card printer, counterfeit currency detector, scanner and high-performance colour photo printer, according to search warrant documents obtained by the Victoria Times Colonist.

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