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Former Kamloops councillor expected to enter plea over fraud charges next week

August 27, 2013 - 8:55 AM

KAMLOOPS - A plea is expected next week for a Kamloops city councillor who faces multiple charges.

Joe Leong faces two counts each of fraud, theft over $5,000 and breach of trust for offences dating to Feb 10, 2011 and March 26, 2012.

Former president of the Kamloops Heritage Railway Society Glen Wideman has said while Leong was treasurer roughly $100,000 moved from a society account to Leong's business account.

Wideman said the money was returned once Leong was questioned but he had abused access to pre-signed society cheques.

The society went through an internal investigation into its 2012 books involving the City of Kamloops and the RCMP was eventually called in.

The society is raising funds for Steam Locomotive 2141 after it was cancelled this year due to mechanical issues. The City of Kamloops recently committed $54,000 for the renovations to the train.

Leong has not responded to many attempts by InfoTel for a comment.

To contact a reporter for this story, email: jwallace@infotelnews.ca, call: (250) 319-7494 or tweet: @jess__wallace.

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