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Man accused of stealing millions from Sask. First Nation has case adjourned

Another delay in court proceedings for Hugo Gallegos, accused of stealing millions from Whitecap Dakota First Nation. Vytai Brannan / Global News

SASKATOON – There has been yet another delay in court proceedings for the man accused of defrauding millions from Whitecap Dakota First Nation. Former Whitecap accountant Hugo Gallegos was expected to enter a plea Friday in Saskatoon’s Court of Queen’s Bench.

Instead, the case was adjourned.

In May, Gallegos fired his lawyer and his new lawyer requested an adjournment until Aug. 7 in order to fully review the case.

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Gallegos is accused of writing himself more than 1,700 cheques totalling $5.8 million. He was charged with fraud, theft and laundering in September 2013.

He fled to El Salvador prior to the charges being laid, but return on his own accord in October 2013.

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Darcy Bear, chief of Whitecap Dakota First Nation, expressed his frustration at the delay outside of court.

“We’ve been the victim of a crime, a large crime, and certainly everybody wants to see justice and unfortunately the matter keeps continuing to be adjourned and adjourned,” said Bear.

“We’ll just have to respect the process, we don’t control it.”

With files from Amber Rockliffe

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