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Warrant issued for alleged fraudster who claimed he was hurt by barbed wire

An arrest warrant has been issued for a cyclist facing fraud charges after saying he was severely injured by barbed wire strung across a trail for mountain bikes.

Stelianos Psaroudakis did not show up for court on Tuesday

An arrest warrant has been issued for Stelianos Psaroudakis, who is facing fraud and mischief charges after he said he was severely injured by barbed wire strung across a trail for mountain bikes. (Julie Debeljak/CBC)

An arrest warrant has been issued for a cyclist facing fraud charges after saying he was severely injured by barbed wire strung across a trail for mountain bikes.

Alberta Justice said Stelianos Psaroudakis did not show up for a court appearance Tuesday.

Psaroudakis said he was clotheslined by barbed wire while cycling west of Calgary in July.

He shared photos of a red gash across his neck and started an online fundraising campaign to cover his medical bills and a new bike.

He raised $850 before the campaign was taken down.

Psaroudakis is facing fraud and public mischief charges.

Alberta RCMP say Psaroudakis did injure himself on a barbed wire fence, but they say he was riding an ATV on a friend's property at the time.