Ottawa man in court on fraud charges

Fraud and other charges against an Ottawa man appeared headed for a resolution, Red Deer provincial court heard on Wednesday.

Fraud and other charges against an Ottawa man appeared headed for a resolution, Red Deer provincial court heard on Wednesday.

Three fraud charges totalling more than $200,000 and other unrelated charges against Rodney Crabtree, 38, will return to court on March 5.

Crabtree’s lawyer Patty MacNaughton told court that other charges from the Edmonton area and Ontario are being waived into Red Deer court.

“They will be summarily disposed of,” MacNaughton said.

Charges are only waived in from other Alberta jurisdictions and other provinces if the accused intends to plead guilty.

Crabtree has been in custody since his arrest in late November.

The charges were laid following a seven-month investigation by Red Deer RCMP.

The RCMP Fraud Unit began their investigation after alleged fraudulent dealings by an employee of a business. The business involved is in meat distribution.

Police allege that a man falsified invoices, contracts and other business documentation.

Crabtree faces similar charges in Edmonton, Westlock and Ontario.

He pleaded guilty about two weeks ago to a single count of assault laid in the Edmonton area.