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Former Olympic rower Harold Backer has court date set for September 2018

Former mutual funds salesman and Olympic rower Harold Backer has his court date set for September 2018.

Backer has pleaded not guilty to two charges of fraud over $5,000 and has elected to be tried by judge alone in provincial court. His trial is scheduled to start on Sept. 10, 2018.

Harold Backer disappeared for 17 months on Nov, 3, 2015 after telling his family that he was going out for a bike ride. But security footage from a camera in Port Angeles, Washington pictures him riding his bike away from the Coho ferry terminal in the early afternoon.

Backer wrote a letter to several of his clients expressing remorse for decisions he made that cost them money and taking responsibility for the financial losses.

He turned himself in to Victoria police on April 13, 2017, and was released on $50,000 bail.

The Olympic rower had his last court appearance, lawyer Joven Narwal filed a notice of application alleging Backer’s charter rights were breached a number of times during the police investigation. The Times Colonist is applying to the court for a copy of the application.

Read the full story over at the Times Colonist.

This story was summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.


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