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Charges of fraud headed for preliminary inquiry

The validity of federal charges against a Corner Brook man for alleged fraudulent financial activity will be put to the test in a preliminary inquiry in February.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police issued a press release in September 2014 notifying the public of one count of fraud over $5,000 and 11 counts of false pretenses over $5,000 against Dean William Joyce.

The police said the charges filed by the RCMP Federal Operations East Unit in St. John’s were the result of an investigation entered into by the RCMP in 2012. The investigation revolved around Joyce's employment with a company in Pasadena, for which he worked for several months in 2011.

In provincial court in Corner Brook, Joyce’s awyer Mark Gruchy elected trial by Supreme Court judge alone, and to proceed by way of a preliminary inquiry. The inquiry will be held Feb. 15-18.

In a separate matter, Joyce and his company, SLJ Developments Limited, were also each charged with one count of failing to comply under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. It is alleged that Joyce failed to comply with his obligations, as per the legislation, provided to him by the court-appointed trustee.

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