Further delay granted in Craik fraud case

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By Joel van der Veen

MOOSE JAW — The lawyer representing Craik’s former administrator has requested another month’s delay as they continue to review the dozens of fraud charges laid against him earlier this year.

Jeffrey Todd Murray, who worked for the Town of Craik between 2010 and 2014, faces a total of 33 fraud charges, representing more than $41,000 in misspent funds.

His lawyer, Gail Wartman, made the request during an appearance at the provincial courthouse in Moose Jaw on Aug. 3.

“We’re still getting some more disclosure,” she told Justice Margaret Gordon.

Crown prosecutor Rob Parker said he did not object to the adjournment, noting that other parties had agreed it could not be counted in any future claim of unreasonable delay. The judge granted the request.

No plea has been entered and the charges have yet to be read in court.

Speaking outside the courtroom, Wartman said they were waiting on disclosure from the Town of Craik itself, including minutes from past council meetings. She said she anticipated full co-operation from the town.

“It’s all public material,” she said. “I don’t expect there to be a problem.”

Wartman had previously appeared on Murray’s behalf on June 1, requesting matters to be adjourned until August. The accused himself was not present for either of the two appearances.

Murray, 41, has been accused by police of defrauding the town “by deceit, falsehood or other fraudulent means” to the tune of $41,079.81, according to court documents.

Thirty-one charges of fraud were laid against him in March, each of them related to personal purchases allegedly made using a Royal Bank Visa card issued in the town’s name.

Two additional charges followed in May, in which Murray was accused of overpaying himself for hours worked at the Craik Water Treatment Plant, and for his own salary as the town’s administrator.

Murray is scheduled to return to provincial court on Sept. 7.

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