Bail granted to Manitoba man charged as fake doctor
A Winnipeg judge has granted bail to Leslie Colmer, who faces 25 fraud charges for allegedly posing as a medical doctor.
The 66-year-old former chiropractor had been in custody since he was arrested earlier this month for allegedly treating patients in communities across the province without a medical licence.
Entering the courtroom for Monday's bail hearing in shackles, Colmer was heard asking his lawyer, "Am I getting bail? What do you think?"
Colmer's bail was set at $25,000, and an assurity was set at the same amount.
Under the conditions of his release, he must live with his 86-year-old mother in Beausejour, Man., and report to the RCMP every week. He can still travel to his family cabin at Lake of the Woods.
As well, Colmer is prohibited from providing any medical, dietary or alternative medical services, and he cannot identify himself as a medical doctor.
He is not allowed to contact the complainants, obtain a passport or possess weapons, according to the court.
Upon hearing his bail conditions, Colmer said, "Thank you" and told the judge he understood those conditions.
At the time of Colmer's arrest, RCMP said he treated patients in the Steinbach, Winnipeg and Selkirk areas.
Police said there may be more potential victims in those communities as well as in the Brandon and Beausejour areas.
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The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba has said Colmer was never licensed to practise medicine in Manitoba.
Colmer's chiropractic licence was stripped in 2002 after two female patients went to the Manitoba Chiropractors Association with sex allegations.