Innu Nation grand chief responds to audit

Derek Montague
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 Says he is “disturbed” by allegations

Innu Nation Grand Chief Prote Poker has officially responded to the allegations made in the John Noseworthy audit, which alleges that excessive payments were made in the past to executives of the Innu Development Limited Partnership.

“We are obviously disturbed by what we are hearing in the media and like all of our members, we are anxious to get to the bottom of these issues,” Poker said in a news release.

According to a recent Canadian Press story, former chief executive officer Paul Rich received nearly $1.5 million in salary, bonuses and incentives, between 2008 and 2012.

According to the same story, former chief financial officer Edgar Branton received $717,357 in “total compensation” in the same five-year period.

The audit also reveals, according to the CP story, that Rich and Branton made several expense claims for items such as cigarettes, lotto tickets, and restaurant bills.

RCMP Cpl. Rick Mills told the Labradorian that police have received a copy of the audit and are currently reviewing the document.

The Innu Nation news release stated that they have “no legal right to officially release the findings of Mr. Noseworthy’s report or the results of the RCMP investigation.”

Poker applauded the current IDLP board of directors for opening up their books for an independent audit and co-operating with authorities.

“The Innu Nation is pleased with the transparency shown by the IDLP board of directors in having an independent review conducted and with their decision to engage the RCMP to look further into Mr. Noseworthy’s findings,” said Poker.

“These are positive steps that indicate to us that the IDLP Board is taking measures to better protect the interests of our people and we applaud them for this. Like everyone, we await the outcome of the RCMP investigation, however the Innu Nation does not feel it is productive to speculate on these findings.”

Organizations: Innu Development Limited Partnership, RCMP, Canadian Press Labradorian IDLP Board

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