SYDNEY, N.S. -- The RCMP say an officer with the Cape Breton Regional Police faces a charge of identity fraud.

Const. Mark Skinner says the charge against the 39-year-old man involves fraudulently impersonating another person, living or dead.

Skinner says the officer cannot be named as the charge has not yet been sworn in court.

The officer was arrested Wednesday after the Mounties seized electronic devices from a home in an undisclosed location within the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

Investigators also seized a computer from a police-owned vehicle.

Skinner declined to say how long the Mounties have been investigating.

The RCMP say the accused has been released from custody and will appear in Sydney provincial court Dec. 15.

A spokeswoman for the Cape Breton Regional Police says the officer in question has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

Desiree Vassallo says the officer will be paid for 60 days as per the Police Act after which time the chief of police will make a decision on whether he should continue to be paid.