By Delon Shurtz
Southern Alberta Newspapers – Lethbridge
A preliminary hearing for a Taber man accused of taking money from the Oilmen’s Club in town has been cancelled and a trial scheduled in its place.
The preliminary hearing for Scott Allen Blanchard was set to be held this year, but aset for November 2018. A preliminary hearing is typically held to determine whether there is enough evidence to warrant a trial.
Blanchard, who previously elected to be tried by Court of Queen’s Bench judge and jury, is charged with theft over $5,000 and fraud over $5,000.
The former part owner of the Roadhouse Thirst and Grill in Lethbridge, Blanchard was arrested and charged in August 2016 following an investigation that began two years earlier after police received a complaint of theft and possible fraud.
The investigation found close to $500,000 had been misappropriated from the Oilmen’s Club in Taber during the time Blanchard was manager.