Former Toronto officer faced 14 counts of theft

A former Toronto police officer who moved to the Cayman Islands amid allegations that he was on the take from auto body shop owners has been found guilty of 14 counts of theft from schoolchildren and their parents.



Richard Hanna, 30, a constable with the Royal Cayman Police, was found guilty of stealing funds from a walkathon to raise money for schoolbooks and donations to pay for a school trip he organized to Toronto.


Before leaving Toronto in 2005, Hanna, a traffic cop in Scarborough, was the subject of an internal affairs probe into whether he had diverted tows from accident scenes to certain body shops, some of them with biker connections.

Within a few months of starting his new police career in the Caribbean island nation, Hanna was under investigation by internal affairs officers into complaints that he had pocketed funds meant for schoolbooks at a local school. Hanna will be sentenced Jan. 4, a spokesperson said.

resignation over prosecution

  • Sources familiar with the investigation told the Toronto Star Hanna agreed to resign rather than face several Police Act charges.