Wednesday November 26, 2014

McMillan in court for Poundmaker case


The last of the nine individuals accused in the wide-ranging Poundmaker First Nation treaty land entitlement fraud case was in provincial court Monday.

Victoria McMillan appeared before Judge David Kaiser as counsel set the dates for pre-trials in connection to her case.

A pre-trial management conference has been scheduled for June 14 at provincial court and a preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 22 to 25, also in provincial court in North Battleford.

McMillan faces charges of theft over $5,000, criminal breach of trust and fraud. She previously elected to stand trial with respect to her charges.

Eight other individuals, including Chief Duane Antoine and several current and former officials, have entered guilty pleas to a number of theft and breach of trust charges connected to treaty land entitlement at the reserve.

Duane, Ted and Norman Antoine, as well as Burton Baptiste and Hickson Weenie, all pled guilty in April to one count of theft under $5,000. Band councillors Bryan Tootoosis and Colin Favel, along with Irene Tootoosis, each pled guilty to two charges, theft under $5000 and over $5,000.

Those eight individuals are to be sentenced in provincial court Sept. 18.



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