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61 fraud charges for man

A Red Deer man now faces 61 charges of fraud under $5,000.

Crown prosecutors allege that as many as 2,000 people may have given donations to Phillip Wiggins, 37, in the belief that the money was going to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Arrested on Dec. 22, Wiggins was brought in from the Red Deer Remand Centre for court on Tuesday, represented by Red Deer lawyer Walter Kubanek.

Each of the 61 charges laid so far represents one of the people affected in the alleged fraud, Crown prosecutor Murray McPherson told Judge Gordon Deck.

McPherson said there will likely be more charges laid and that investigators are still trying to work out details.

Wiggins did not enter a plea on Tuesday and is expected back in court today to address the status of his bail.

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