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Alexander First Nation band members sue leaders for alleged 'illegal' payments


January 16, 2017

Three band members of the Alexander First Nation northwest of Edmonton are suing their former chief, a current councillor and a band employee for alleged conflict of interest and "illegal and improper" financial dealings.

The allegations are made in a statement of claim filed at the Court of Queen's Bench in Edmonton on Dec 21, 2016. Many of the allegations echo findings of a forensic accounting analysis released earlier this year, which cited "unexplained payments" involving two of the band leaders.

The audit, summarized in a powerpoint presentation leaked to CBC in September, identified more than $2 million in unexplained payments from 2013 to 2015, half of them to former chief Herbert Arcand and current tribal chief administrator Alphonse Arcand.


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