|Elderly Priest Facing Fraud Charge Goes Missing
By Kevin Martin
October 29, 2010
The Crown is considering seeking an arrest warrant for an elderly Quebec priest, set to face trial in connection with a Calgary scam, who has gone missing.
Prosecutor Photini Papadatou told court Friday the Surete du Quebec, to whom father Gilles Dube is supposed to be reporting, hasn’t heard from him since April.
Papadatou said Dube, 83, is required to check-in monthly to the provincial police force as a condition of his bail pending trial.
She also told Justice Beth Hughes the head of the archdiocese that posted Dube’s $5,000 bail hasn’t heard from him either.
“I am very reluctant to ask for a warrant for this man without an explanation,” Papadatou said.
“I received word from the Surete du Quebec that Father Dube had stopped reporting in April.”
The prosecutor said police in Quebec report they’ve gone to Dube’s home and his vehicle has been spotted in the same place each time.
“There’s one of three possibilities,” Papadatou said.
“He’s with us and he’s not coming to court, he’s is no longer with us, or he is coming to court.”
Papadatou asked that Dube’s case be adjourned to Dec. 3, to determine why he has gone missing.
In May, Dube’s preliminary inquiry in Calgary provincial court had to proceed in his absence after defence counsel Joan Blumer said he was confused about the need to return for its continuation.
Blumer told Hughes she had no explanation for her client’s absence.
Dube is charged with two other individuals in connection with a scheme which allegedly duped Alberta Dr. Frederick Van Rooyen out of $500,000.
Papadatou told Hughes it’s alleged Dube was the “money man” in the scam.
Also charged are Jean Pierre Bellefeuille and Jamie Jie Tong Yu in connection with events between April 1, and July 31, 2006.
All three face a fraud charge and are scheduled to stand trial before a jury next March.
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