Taber man found not guilty of theft, fraud charges

A file photo of the Oilmen's Club in Taber, Alta. Global News

A Taber, Alta., man’s long legal ordeal has ended with two not guilty decisions.

Scott Blanchard was charged in 2016, with one count each of theft and fraud over $5,000.

The former manager of the Oilmen’s Club in Taber was accused of stealing nearly $500,000 from the business, after the owner gave him access to the finances.

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The charges came nearly two years after the Taber Police Service received an initial complaint from the business owner.

The three-day trial was originally scheduled to be heard in Taber Provincial Court March 3-5.

After just two days of testimony, the judge ruled the Crown did not prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt and rendered the not guilty decisions on March 4.


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