The man who promised millions of dollars to hockey in Kimberley is expected in court Monday on fraud and forgery charges.
Mike Gould is scheduled to appear in a Cranbrook courtroom following an incident at a local restaurant in October.
Gould stood at centre ice at an October 13 Junior B hockey game in Kimberley and pledged $7.5 million to the Kimberley Dynamiters and sport locally.
There’s no charges connected to the unfulfilled promise, however Gould then took out representatives from the KIJHL club and community to a Cranbrook grill to celebrate and racked up an $8,000 bill.
The owner of the restaurant says when she went to cash the cheques she received from Gould, who she confirmed was the one who organized the event, the bank said their was insufficient funds in the account attached the money – leading the RCMP to start an investigation.
The owner previously said the team quickly paid part of the bill after learning of the incident and has since confirmed the entire bill has been paid in full by Gould.
The RCMP says it’s aware the amount owed was taken care of but say due to the circumstances around the incident they recommended charges to the Crown.
As for the $7.5 million, both the Kimberley Dynamiters and Kimberley Minor Hockey Association say they haven’t seen a dime.
The minor hockey association says regular donations they relied upon are not coming in because of the assumption in the community they will benefit from this dubious promise.
Neither party is responding to requests for comment.
Gould has since been the subject of allegations in national media where people say he promised them significant amounts of money only never to produce it.
When talking to The Drive newsroom, Gould says the delays are because of mistakes by the banks or his assets being frozen because of actions taken by Alberta’s maintenance enforcement program, which administers court-ordered child and spousal support.
He assures he will still donate the money to the Kimberley hockey groups.