Elphicke sentencing delayed

Convicted hockey fraudster Michael Elphicke will have to wait until next year to be sentenced.

On Monday, Court schedulers in Penticton postponed setting a date for Elphicke’s sentencing until Jan. 8, according to defence lawyer James Pennington.

The delay means the sentence will be handed down by a new judge, as trial judge Bruce Greyell is set to retire later this month.

Greyell found Elphicke guilty of fraud over $5,000, theft over $5,000 and unlawful management of a lottery scheme last month in connection to the business dealings of the Okanagan Elite Hockey Group.

The OEHA collected around $130,000 from a group of parents for an overseas hockey trip that never occurred; instead paying personal salaries, expenses and most notably, development fees for the failed hockey dorm project on the SOEC campus.

Co-accused Loren Reagan is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant after failing to show up for the start of the trial. During the trial, Reagan told Castanet he was in Kuwait dealing with passport issues and would return at the start of November. He has since stopped replying to emails. 

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