Harold Backer is staying with his mother in Chemainus. (submitted)

Harold Backer released on bail in fraud case, living in Chemainus

Former Mill Bay resident charged with two counts of fraud.

Former Mill Bay resident Harold Backer is now staying with his mother in Chemainus after being released from custody in Victoria on May 2.

The former Victoria mutual fund salesman and Olympic rower who went missing for nearly 18 months is facing two counts of fraud over $5,000 after several of his clients claimed he cost them millions of dollars they had invested with him.

The 54-year-old Backer disappeared on Nov. 3, 2015, after telling his family he was going for a bike ride, but failed to return home.

He turned up at the Victoria Police Department’s headquarters on April 13 and was immediately taken into custody.

Bail conditions imposed Monday require Backer to surrender all travel documents and to live with his mother, Anne Randi Backer, in Chemainus.

He has yet to answer questions about where he had been since he disappeared, or why he chose to come back now.

Backer’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 5.

Backer was a high-level rower who competed in the 1984, 1988 and 1992 summer Olympics.

The Brentwood College Alumnus (1980) went on to row at Princeton University and returned to Brentwood for a time as a coach.

Just Posted

Meet Your Candidates: Learn more about the Esquimalt council candidates

We asked candidates what changes they would make in the municipality

BC SPCA sees successful weekend from adoption sales

On Saturday animal shelters across the province reduced their adoption fees

Afternoon collision launches vehicle through downtown Victoria business

Two female drivers and staff of CEV Victoria uninjured, but visibly shaken

West Shore RCMP tape off Langford law office sent suspicious substance last month

No confirmation as to why police were back at Hemminger Law Group Monday afternoon

Two drivers crash through Victoria homes in two weeks

VicPD say alcohol is believed to a factor in both incidents

Campers near Saanich municipal hall await response from transportation ministry

MOTI expected to decide Monday when campers need to leave

Advance voting begins Oct. 10 in Greater Victoria

The polls open at 8 a.m. for the 2018 municipal election with the general election taking place Oct. 20

Find your future at Black Press career fair in Victoria

More than 70 booths expected at Bay Street Armoury on Oct. 25

Trump: Saudi king ‘firmly denies’ any role in Khashoggi mystery

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is travelling to the Middle East to learn more about the fate of the Saudi national

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

Allen died in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Transport Canada to take new look at rules, research on school bus seatbelts

Canada doesn’t currently require seatbelts on school buses

Sockeye run in Shuswap expected to be close to 2014 numbers

Salute to the Sockeye on Adams River continues until Sunday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m.

Michelle Mungall’s baby first in B.C. legislature chamber

B.C. energy minister praises support of staff, fellow MLAs

Canucks: Pettersson in concussion protocol, Beagle out with broken forearm

Head coach Travis Green called the hit ‘a dirty play’

Most Read