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Peter Pocklington speaks to reporters after he pleaded guilty to perjury in California in May. ((CBC))

Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington was scheduled to be sentenced for perjury in California on Monday, but the court date has been postponed.

No new date has been set for the sentencing, but lawyers have requested a three-month postponement, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in central California.

Pocklington is expected to be sentenced to six months of home confinement for making false statements in his bankruptcy proceedings. He pleaded guilty to perjury on May 27.

Pocklington filed for bankruptcy in August 2008, claiming almost $19.6 million in debts and $2,900 in assets. He actually had control over two bank accounts and two storage units, he admitted.

He was arrested in March 2009 on two charges of bankruptcy fraud.

In a plea agreement with U.S. authorities, he agreed to pay back taxes and to turn over all his assets as ordered by a bankruptcy court.

The postponement was requested to allow Pocklington to finish meeting the conditions of the agreement, including filing tax returns, and to allow the bankruptcy trustee time to review materials recently obtained from Pocklington.

Pocklington owes the Alberta government $13 million from a 1988 loan to his former meat-packing company, Gainers. If his bankruptcy is approved, the province will likely get nothing back.