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OILERS, PART II: LARGUE ON PROBATION FOR FRAUD CONVICTION
Published March 5, 1998
NHL Oilers suitor Michael Largue was charged last March and pleaded guilty in November to the felony charge of "larceny scheme to defraud," according to Loome & Johnson of the EDMONTON SUN. Largue received five years probation, which he is still serving. Largue's probation requirements "mean he isn't allowed to leave" the state of NY and "will likely be re-arrested if his probation officer finds out" about his trip to Edmonton. Canadian officials "are investigating how he entered Canada." Loome & Johnson add that Largue has dealt "with at least five different NHL teams in the past four years," the Oilers, Sabres, Whalers, Lightning and Canadiens, "using each as a springboard to approach the next" (EDMONTON SUN, 3/5). REAX: Edmonton Mayor Bill Smith, on the background checks that led to inconsistencies in Largue's stories: "Did he think that nobody here was going to bother? I mean, did he think we were just some hillbillies up here?" (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 3/5). Largue's "estranged wife" Jeanette said that Largue is a "pathological liar" (EDM. JOURNAL, 3/5).