(CHATHAM, ON) – After pleading guilty to 50 charges of discreditable conduct at a Police Act disciplinary hearing in February, former sergeant Robert Mugridge admitted his guilt in Superior Court, yesterday, to one count of fraud over $5,000.
Mugridge, 52, was facing 47 counts of fraud under $5,000 and three counts of fraud over $5,000 stemming from a London Police investigation. He stood accused of asking family and friends for loans while in uniform.
Yesterday, Mugridge plead guilty to one count of fraud over $5,000. He will be sentenced on January 9, 2018, at which time the other charges will be addressed.
“Yesterday, Sergeant Mugridge dealt with the criminal charges where he entered a guilty plea to one all-encompassing count of fraud over $5000,” said Police Chief Gary Conn. “The Police Services Act hearing will re-convene in December of this year, when it is slated to be finalized.”
Most of the money has yet to be repaid and Mugridge has declared bankruptcy. He has been suspended with pay since being charged in 2015. Both the crown prosecutor and defense council have recommended dismissal from the Chatham-Kent Police Service.
“This has certainly been a difficult and trying time for both our Service and the citizens of Chatham-Kent,” Conn said. “Having said that, this does bring us one step closer to the conclusion of this protracted matter. Both processes take significant amount of time, however we did everything in our power to expedite these investigations.”