Fraud trial to re­sume today af­ter break for dial­y­sis

Penticton Herald - - OKANAGAN -

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.

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