Calgary Herald

Officer charged with perjury over testimony in forgery trial

- LAUREN BOOTHBY lboothby@postmedia.com Twitter: @laurby

A longtime member of the Edmonton Police Service has been charged with perjury for allegedly lying under oath during his criminal trial over forged traffic tickets.

Cst. Lauren Skibinsky was found not guilty on three charges, including forgery, after a trial in January, police said Friday.

The officer was accused of altering traffic tickets in May 2017.

EPS began its own internal investigat­ion after Skibinsky was cleared. Investigat­ors allegedly found evidence the constable lied under oath while giving testimony at his trial.

The officer, who has been with EPS for 18 years, has been relieved of duty without pay pending the outcome of the new court proceeding­s.

City police referred the case to Calgary prosecutor­s on June 18, and they recommende­d Skibinsky be charged with perjury on July 6.

The profession­al standards branch first got the complaint over traffic tickets on Oct. 24, 2017.

The complainan­t accused the constable of altering tickets by changing the court date after they had already been handed over to the court for processing. EPS began a formal investigat­ion Nov. 7, 2017.

Police say they won't be releasing any further informatio­n because the matter has been referred to the courts.

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