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Lawyer needs more time to review fraud case

Posted on October 5, 2016 by Taber Times

By Delon Shurtz
Southern Alberta Newspapers — Taber

The lawyer for a 45-year-old Taber man accused of taking money from the Oilmen’s Club in town needs more time to pore over an extensive amount of disclosure.

An agent for Taber lawyer Douglas Carle asked to adjourn the case Sept. 27 during a brief hearing for the accused, Scott Allen Blanchard, in Taber provincial court. The agent, student-at-law Stephanie Kingsbury, told court there is a “voluminous” amount of information, about half of which they’ve managed to review so far.

“There’s 10,000 pages of disclosure and we require some time to go through that,” Kingsbury said.

The matter was adjourned to Oct. 11 when, Kingsbury said, Blanchard may be ready to elect how he wants to be tried.

During Blanchard’s last court hearing Aug. 30, his lawyer said he hoped to have a preliminary hearing and trial as soon as possible.

Blanchard, the former manager of the Oilmen’s Club in Taber, is charged with theft over $5,000 and fraud over $5,000. He was arrested last month following an investigation that began in 2014 after police received a complaint of theft and possible fraud.

The investigation found that close to $500,000 had been misappropriated from the Oilmen’s Club in Taber during the time Blanchard was manager.

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