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Former Canadian bobsled team member Ken Leblanc charged with extortion

10/31/2013 02:50 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST
CALGARY - A former member of the Canadian bobsled team has been charged with extortion.

Ken Leblanc appeared in a Calgary court Wednesday on one charge.

Police allege Leblanc threatened a city resident and claimed he was owed over $100,000 from a failed business deal.

The 45-year-old was arrested Tuesday when the Calgary police's gangs and guns unit executed search warrants at two locations.

Leblanc, originally from Ottawa, was a brakeman for Canada at the 1988, 1992 and 2002 Winter Olympics.

His four-man crew finished fourth in 1992 in Albertville, France. Leblanc was also a brakeman for the four-man team piloted by Pierre Lueders in 2002, when they finished ninth.

Calgary police said a man contacted them in July to complain he was being threatened by an individual.

Leblanc's lawyer did not immediately return a phone message.

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