A former acupuncturist convicted of tax evasion has been released on bail by a BC Supreme Court judge in Kamloops, radio station CHNL reports.
Warren Fischer spent 31 days at the Kamloops regional correctional centre after a judge found him guilty of failing to pay $62,000 in federal taxes from 2007 to 2009.
Prosecutor Anthony Varesi says a bail hearing after a verdict is very rare. Fischer refused to attend his trial, which proceeded in his absence.
Fischer’s parents were in the courtroom as Justice Hope Hyslop agreed to a $30,000 surety against their Trail home. He is also required to sign in at the Nelson police station once a week.
Fischer will be sentenced in Nelson on August 21. He was originally scheduled to learn his fate on July 24.
He faces a maximum of two years in jail plus a $124,000 fine.