Man pleads guilty to fraud

Metro Canada (Vancouver) - - Vancouver -

A man who pledged $7.5 mil­lion to a British Co­lum­bia ju­nior hockey team has pleaded guilty to an un­re­lated fraud charge.

Mike Gould of Cal­gary was charged with fraud and us­ing a forged doc­u­ment over al­le­ga­tions he wrote bad cheques to a Cran­brook, B.C., restau­rant.

The owner of North­west Grill claimed Gould hosted a din­ner for the hockey team and oth­ers af­ter mak­ing the mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar an­nounce­ment last Oc­to­ber, but the $8,000 ban­quet bill went un­paid.

Restau­rant owner Jo­lene Salan­ski claimed cheques were pro­vided to cover the costs, but there were in­suf­fi­cient funds in the ac­counts.

Gould’s lawyer made the guilty plea to the fraud charge on Gould’s be­half in Cran­brook provin­cial court on Tues­day.

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