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

Rev. Harold Alan Stewart.
Rev. Harold Alan Stewart. - The Guardian

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. - 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.

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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.

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