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Saskatchewan First Nation defrauded of $1M by former general manager, RCMP say

Saskatchewan RCMP launched their investigation following a 2014 complaint. File / Global News

Saskatchewan RCMP have charged the former general manager of Clearwater River Dene First Nation with fraud following a forensic audit and years of investigation, officials say.

On July 2014, La Loche RCMP received a report of fraudulent activity allegedly committed by Jonny Cheecham, 61, of La Loche between 2008 and 2011.

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Following the report, the RCMP launched an investigation which included numerous interviews and a forensic audit, police say.

According to RCMP, the audit revealed over $1 million in losses to the Clearwater River Dene First Nation.

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Cheecham is scheduled to make his first court appearance in La Loche on Sept. 21.

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