Former P.E.I. minister back in court in February in alleged fraud case

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The case of a former Kensington area Presbyterian minister accused of fraud-related crimes in Ontario will next appear in court on Feb. 16.

The case of Harold Alan Stewart, 67, and his co-accused was last in court on Jan. 12.

The case had most recently been going through a lengthy pre-trial hearing, but a provincial court judge recently decided that there was sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.

Stewart was charged in November 2016, following an investigation Ontario police named Project Banshee.

Police allege that Stewart and his co-accused befriended the victim, eventually gained access to her credit card and took out a mortgage against her property.

The victim’s losses were about $160,000.

The charges against him include one count of fraud under $5,000, two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, four counts of fraud over $5,000, two counts of uttering a forged document, one count of laundering the proceeds of crime and one count of theft by power of attorney.

Read the full story over at The Guardian.

This story was summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.