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Ex-Bomber gets bail, with curfew

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AN ex-Winnipeg Blue Bomber accused of fraud and forgery has been granted bail and allowed to return to British Columbia pending trial.

David Lorne Pitcher, 46, was arrested by Vernon, B.C., RCMP in mid-November and returned to Winnipeg to face a laundry list of charges relating to a Manitoba-based multimillion-dollar fraud investigation.

One charge relates to Pitcher's alleged defrauding of B.C.-based investor Dan McCrea and Alberta-based Theresa McCrea Investments. RCMP allege Pitcher bilked them out of more than $5 million between Jan. 1, 2007, and Jan. 30, 2012.

He was in custody following his arrest and applied for release late last week.

Provincial court Judge Anne Krahn slapped a publication ban on the proceeding at the request of defence lawyer Saul Simmonds.

Krahn agreed to release Pitcher on several conditions, including that he post a $50,000 cash bond, abide by a nightly curfew, report weekly to Vernon RCMP and surrender his passport.

Krahn barred him from leaving Canada and from soliciting the public in connection with any investment scheme.

Allegations against Pitcher, a former CFL slotback in the 1990s for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Blue Bombers, have not been proven.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 17, 2013 A5

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