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Leong to enter plea on Sept. 3
Former Kamloops city councillor Joe Leong is scheduled to be back in provincial court on Tuesday, Sept. 3, for arraignment on six charges.
An arraignment hearing is one at which an accused enters a plea.
Theft over $5,000, breach of trust and two fraud charges were laid against Leong in July.
The charges came after Kamloops RCMP was asked by city administration to look into the finances of the Kamloops Heritage Railway Society, for which Leong acted as treasurer for a time.
After an audit of the society books was completed, the city still had questions about the group’s accounting practices and what appeared to be two instances of $100,000 each being moved out of society bank accounts for several months and then returned.
The audit was called for after Leong’s successor as treasurer of the society had questions about some of the bookkeeping.
The matter all came to a head at about the same time the board of the society dissolved amid bickering.
The heritage train has been parked after repairs to the engine were ordered by Transport Canada.
The estimated cost of the repairs is about $400,000.
At its annual general meeting earlier this year, a new executive was elected and told society members it has a three-phase plan to get the train rolling on the tracks again.
Parts of that plan are underway, with the engine of the train being taken apart to determine how much work is necessary for it to meet federal requirements that will allow it back into service.