Fraud trial to resume today after break for dialysis
A high-profile fraud trial is expected to resume today at the Penticton courthouse.
Michael Elphicke’s trial went on hiatus Wednesday to allow him to undergo dialysis, which he requires three times a week due to end-stage kidney disease.
The judge hearing the case agreed in advance to not sit on Wednesdays and Fridays to allow the lifesaving treatments.
Elphicke is charged with fraud over $5,000, theft over $5,000 and unauthorized management of a lottery scheme in connection with a failed 2012 trip to Europe for local hockey players.
The Crown alleges Elphicke improperly used some of the $130,000 put up by parents to pay himself a salary and run an unlicensed raffle, and that co-accused Loren Reagan used some of the cash for personal expenses and to begin construction of the ill-fated Penticton hockey dorm project.
Reagan was a no-show for the beginning of trial, prompting the judge to issue a Canada-wide arrest warrant.