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First Nation leaders of Mosquito charged with stealing TLE funds.

Five band members of the Mosquito First Nation face charges of fraud, theft and forgery of monies the band received for Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE).

The band was paid $9.6 million in a 1992 TLE agreement, that required the band to purchase at least 20,096 acres of land or invest in economic development projects. No records show they met that requirement.

The charges against Clarence Stone, Clifford Lawrence Spyglass, Gerald Arthur Bird, Alphonse Peter Moosomin, and Eldon Edward Starchief were heard on March 31 at the North Battleford Provincial Court.

Chief Clarence Stone, 57, is facing charges of theft and fraud over $5,000.

Councilor Clifford Lawrence Spyglass, 47, faces charges of Criminal Breach of Trust, Theft and Fraud over $5,000, Forgery and Uttering a forged document.

Also charged each with Criminal Breach of Trust are Gerald Arthur Bird, 57, Alphonse Peter Moosomin, 68, and Eldon Edward Starchief, 53.

The charges were a result of a 5-year investigation by the Criminal Crime Section of the Saskatoon Office and the North Battleford Detachment.

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Title Annotation:NATIONAL NEWS
Publication:Saskatechewan Sage
Date:Apr 1, 2010
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