Eight Poundmaker First Nation members plead guilty to theft

April 17, 2012 - 1:14pm Updated: April 17, 2012 - 5:20pm
File photo of a court house, Apr. 29 2011. Karin Yeske/News Talk Radio
File photo of a court house, Apr. 29 2011. Karin Yeske/News Talk Radio

Poundmaker First Nation chief Duane Antoine and seven others pled guilty Tuesday, to stealing reserve funds.

A total of nine members of the First Nation faced a total of 47 charges of theft, fraud and breach of trust relating to misspending of Treaty Land Entitlement funds back in 2004.

While Antoine was charged with theft and fraud over $5,000, he pled guilty to one count of theft under $5,000.

Seven others made the same, or a similar deal.

With the lesser charges, some Poundmaker residents aren`t satisfied that justice is being served

"These are indictable offenses and stiffer penalties should be in order. This is what we want," said Wes Favel, an elder and resident of the Poundmaker First Nation.

"There has been a lot of money that has been misused. We don't even know how much it is, we can't even calculate how much it is. Something has to be paid back some way, we are not satisfied,"

The eight people who pled guilty will have their other charges spoken to in September. The ninth accused, Victoria McMillan, pled not guilty to her charges, and will appear in court next month.


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