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Case against former P.E.I. minister proceeding to trial in Ontario

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A former Kensington area Presbyterian minister has been committed to stand trial in Ontario on various fraud related charges.

Harold Alan Stewart, 67, and his co-accused are next scheduled to appear in Ontario Superior Court on Jan. 12, 2018, for a pre-trial conference.

The case has most recently be 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 credit card, four counts of fraud over $5,000, two counts of uttering a forged document, one count of laundering the proceedings of crime and one count of theft by power of attorney.

Colin.MacLean@JournalPioneer.com

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