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Man facing over 200 fraud charges

Charges continue to mount against a Red Deer man accused of keeping money that donors believed was being collected for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Phillip Wiggins, who is in custody at the Red Deer Remand Centre, now faces 237 counts of fraud under $5,000.

Wiggins, 37, made a brief appearance in Red Deer provincial court on Tuesday, accompanied by defence counsel Walter Kubanek.

During a previous court appearance, when the total number of charges had reached 61, Crown prosecutor Murray McPherson said that as many as 1,200 people are believed to have been affected in the alleged scheme.

Pleas have been reserved on all charges, with Wiggins to return to court on Jan. 30, when it is anticipated that he will have a bail hearing.

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