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One of several men accused of perpetrating a massive national romance scam was released on conditions on Monday.
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Nov 16, 2020 • • 1 minute read
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A trial set for one of five men charged in connection with a massive national romance scam did not go ahead as planned on Monday.
Austin Newton, 28, appeared in custody at Regina Provincial Court on Monday morning for what was scheduled to be his trial on charges of fraud over $5,000, fraud under $5,000, possession of crime proceeds and personation. Instead, Judge Doug Kovatch was told a re-election had been made that will take the trial from provincial court to Court of Queen’s Bench.
One of the charges — fraud over $5,000 — is eligible for a preliminary hearing, where a judge will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial. A date for the preliminary hearing is expected to be set when the matter is next back in court on Nov. 26.
In the meantime, the Crown agreed to Newton’s release on a range of strict conditions — among them that he be subject to 24-hour house arrest; that he turn over his passport and not obtain any other international travel documents; not possess any computers or other devices capable of accessing the internet unless he has permission for work or education; not use or possess alcohol, cannabis or non-prescription drugs; and consent to searches to ensure he’s following conditions.