An Alberta fugitive arrested in Merritt July 6 is facing prosecution in his home province now, thanks to a collaborative effort between B.C. and Alberta police forces.
Following his arrest on outstanding warrants, Alberta sheriffs escorted 34-year-old Nathan Weir back to Alberta, where he faces multiple charges, including fraud, forgery, and impaired driving.
"Due to the excellent, pro-active policing and co-operation between the B.C. Fugitive Return Program and the Merritt RCMP and Vancouver Police Department, Mr. Weir was returned to face prosecution on his outstanding charges before he could become criminally active in Merritt," said Const. Tracy Dunsmore in a press release Monday.
Weir was wanted in Red Deer, Rimby, Blackfalds, Sylvan Lake, Ponoka and Sundre, Alberta for the following alleged offences: two counts of fraud over $5,000, three counts of fraud under $5,000, two counts of failing to appear, failing to comply with appearance notice, five counts of failing to attend court, two counts of forgery, two counts of uttering a forged document, false pretenses, impaired driving, and possession of property obtained by crime.
RCMP say the cost of the return was funded by the Alberta Attorney General, "coordinated by the Fugitive Return Program and facilitated by the Merritt RCMP."
The RCMP and a joint management team consisting of the Vancouver Police Department and the RCMP manage the B.C. Fugitive Return Program. It is funded by the Civil Forfeiture Office within the B.C. government.