Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Missing Olympian Facing Fraud Charges to Appears in Victoria Court

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Missing Olympian Facing Fraud Charges to Appears in Victoria Court

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Man who went missing appears on fraud charges

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VICTORIA - An investment dealer and former Olympic rower who went missing for nearly 18 months made a brief appearance in a Victoria court Tuesday and had his case adjourned to May 2.

Harold Backer, who stared straight ahead during his time in court, was remanded until his next appearance.

Victoria police say Backer is facing two counts of fraud over $5,000 after he turned up at the department's headquarters last Thursday.

The 54-year-old man disappeared on Nov. 3, 2015, after telling his family he was going for a bike ride, but failed to return home.

His son Harrison and daughter Emma were in court but declined comment outside.

A publication ban was placed on details of Tuesday's hearing. …

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