June 27th, 2019

Former police commission chair to plead guilty to defrauding Catholic school division

By Medicine Hat News on March 15, 2019.

Rolf Traichel, the former Medicine Hat Police Commission chair charged with defrauding $1 million from the Catholic school board, is expected to enter a guilty plea May 23.

Counsel for Traichel made a brief appearance at provincial court Thursday, where they set the date for disposition, which if it proceeds will mark the matter’s conclusion.

The accused was arrested Aug. 8, 2018, after an eight-month investigation into events alleged to have occurred when he worked as an IT consultant for the Catholic board from 2010-2016. Traichel also sat on the MHPC from 2012-2017.

He faces charges of fraud over $5,000, money laundering and possessing the proceeds of crime.

Police said at the time of his arrest they believe “the alleged fraud was isolated to one organization.”

This wasn’t Traichel’s first time in legal trouble in 2018.

He pled guilty to assault Nov. 19, a charge resulting from an incident on March 8, 2016 – also when Traichel sat on the police commission.

The sentence was one-year probation.

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