Leyte faces 17 more charges

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The RNC in St. John's has laid 17 new charges against Bruce Ives Leyte.
On Friday, five counts of fraud, an attempted fraud, five false pretense, and six counts of uttering threats were placed against the man who allegedly faked his own death and disappeared for more than two years.
The 57-year-old reportedly lived in Western Canada for more than a year under one assumed name and then spent his last year on the lam in St. John's under a second alias.
Const. Paul Davis confirmed the charges were laid, but provided little detail on their nature early Friday evening.
"The charges primarily pertain to identity and use of identity and presenting himself with certain identities," he told The Western Star.
He said their investigation involved activities throughout the Northeast Avalon - St. John's, Mount Pearl and area.
Leyte will be summoned to appear in court in St. John's next week, possibly Tuesday. However, Davis said that is subject to Leyte being served and his transport across the island.
Leyte remains in police custody since his arrest in late November. He made another brief appearance in provincial court Friday morning, but his legal aid lawyer Jody MacDonald requested a postponement until Jan. 30.
He faced two outstanding charges against him in provincial court in Corner Brook. He has been charged with public mischief by the RCMP in relation to his disappearance in August 2006, when his abandoned truck and a suicide note were found near the Humber River east of Corner Brook.
Leyte has also been charged with fraud over $5,000, a charge stemming from a Royal Newfoundland Constabulary investigation which began just prior to his disappearance in 2006.
He also faces five charges stemming from the time he spent in British Columbia, where he is alleged to have befriended and then defrauded a business partner while going by the assumed identity of James Royual. Those five charges include two counts each of fraud and false pretense and a single count of impersonation.
It is not known how or if the Crown in British Columbia will proceed with the prosecution of those charges.
The RNC in St. John's, meanwhile, continues to investigate the time Leyte spent there and has said it anticipates laying further charges.

The Western Star

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Leyte, St. John's, Western Star Western Canada Corner Brook Northeast Avalon Mount Pearl British Columbia Humber River

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