Loren Reagan denied bail

The co-accused in a high-profile hockey fraud case in Penticton was denied bail Tuesday in B.C. Supreme Court.

Loren Reagan, 56, was arrested in Calgary on March 4 on outstanding warrants issued after he failed to show up for his trial in September 2016.

A routine publication ban covers all matters discussed during Tuesday’s bail hearing.

Reagan’s co-accused, Michael Elphicke, was found guilty by a judge of collaborating with Reagan to defraud a group of 16 parents of about $130,000.

Operating as the Okanagan Elite Hockey Association, the pair collected money from parents for an overseas hockey trip that never materialized.

During Elphicke’s trial, the court heard part of that money went to pay for a failed hockey dorm project on the South Okanagan Events Centre campus.

Reagan told Castanet News during the trial that he was in Kuwait, where he works in the oil fields, dealing with passport issues that prevented him from attending the trial.

With bail denied, Reagan will stay behind bars until his trial. The matter is back before court schedulers on March 26. Elphicke has yet to be sentenced.

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