Alleged Penticton hockey fraudsters deking through court

The trial for Loren Reagan and co-accused Michael Elphicke is expected to last up to three weeks.

The two men who allegedly frauded a group of hockey parents are still dekeing their way through court.

Loren Reagan and co-accused Michael Elphicke are charged with theft over $5,000, fraud over $5,000 and the unauthorized management of a lottery relating to the now defunct Okanagan Elite Hockey Association.

Reagan and Elphicke have both pleaded not guilty, Elphicke in May and Reagan in June, though neither have appeared in open court in person as of yet.

The date of the trial centred around a failed hockey trip to Europe has yet to be set, but it should last up to three weeks and will hear testimony from 21 different families.

A pre-trial conference took place on Monday at the Penticton courthouse between Crown commercial crime prosecutor Todd Follett, defence counsel for Reagan — Kim Ross out of Calgary  — and defence lawyer James Pennington — representing Elphicke.

The Okanagan Elite Hockey Association was involved in a civil suit in 2012 with parents who had raised over $100,000 through fundraising efforts to send minor hockey players to Europe, when the trip was abruptly cancelled.

Reagan is also tied to the failed hockey dormitory project on Eckhardt Avenue in 2012.

Witnesses affiliated with the City of Penticton as well as an unspecified company will be called as well.

The trial is expected to take place sometime in 2016 and will be before a provincial court judge.

Penticton Western News