WASHAHO CREE NATION – On July 12, 2019, Nishnawbe Aski Police Service members from the Fort Severn Detachment conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle. The initial traffic stop investigation led police into a detailed investigation and as of October 23, 2019, a former band manager now faces several fraud charges.
The investigation directed police to a number of separate incidents that occurred over a number of years supporting fraudulent activity which amounts between $25,000.00 and $250,000.00.
A 51-year-old male from Fort Severn First Nation was charged with two counts of Fraud Over $5000, and one count of Breach of Trust.
The accused has been released on conditions and will next appear in court on February 10, 2020, in Fort Severn First Nation. The male cannot be named at this time due to the processing of court documents.
None of the charges have been proven in court.
Fort Severn First Nation is approximately 850 km north of Thunder Bay and 715 km northeast of Red Lake.