Loren Reagan behind bars

The co-accused in a high-profile fraud case in Penticton is sitting in an Alberta jail cell, B.C. prosecutors confirmed Monday.

Loren Reagan has been wanted on a Canada-wide warrant since Sept. 2017 for missing the start of his trial, in which he was accused with Michael Elphicke of defrauding a group of hockey parents of $130,000.

Elphicke was found guilty at the trial by a judge who determined he was complicit in defrauding the parents with Reagan. The pair planned and sold seats on a overseas hockey trip that never occurred.

Some of the parents' money was used to fund a failed hockey dorm project on the South Okanagan Events Centre campus.

B.C. Crown Prosecution spokesman Dan McLaughlin said Reagan appeared in Alberta Provincial Court on Monday and was held in custody for six days to facilitate his return to B.C.

McLaughlin did not say if Reagan turned himself in or was arrested, or when he will make his next court appearance in B.C.

During the trial, Reagan told Castanet he was stuck in Kuwait, where he was living and working, dealing with passport issues. He promised to return to fight the charges within weeks, but never did.

In emails last month, Reagan voiced disdain for social media comments and articles portraying him as a coward for skipping out on his court date.

Elphicke has yet to be sentenced due to health complications stemming from diabetes and kidney failure.

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