For­mer She­shat­shiu chief fac­ing charges

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - LOCAL - BY EVAN CAREEN SO­CI­ETY

A for­mer chief of the She­shat­shiu Innu First Na­tion has been charged in re­la­tion to an al­leged il­le­gal gam­ing house the RCMP shut down in the com­mu­nity on Sept. 28.

Ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments ob­tained by The Labrado­rian, An­drew Pe­nashue is fac­ing nine charges, in­clud­ing il­le­gally op­er­at­ing a gam­ing house, op­er­at­ing video lot­tery ter­mi­nals (VLT) with­out per­mis­sion of the At­lantic Lot­tery Corp. and three weapons re­lated charges.

Four of the charges are un­der the Crim­i­nal Code, four are un­der the Lotteries Act and one is a vi­o­la­tion of the She­shat­shiu Innu First Na­tion by­law against video lot­tery ter­mi­nals on the re­serve.

Pe­nashue, a board mem­ber of the Innu Na­tion coun­cil, could face fines as a re­sult of the Lotteries Act charges and po­ten­tial jail time for the charge of il­le­gally op­er­at­ing a gam­ing house.

Ac­cord­ing to an RCMP news re­lease, po­lice ex­e­cuted a search war­rant on a prop­erty in the com­mu­nity fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into re­ports they had re­ceived.

Cpl. Rick Mills with the Happy Val­ley-goose Bay de­tach­ment told The Labrado­rian at the time that they seized 11 VLTS, an au­to­mated teller ma­chine (ATM) and other re­lated items.

None of the charges have been proven in court. Pe­nashue’s first court ap­pear­ance in these mat­ters is sched­uled for Feb. 4.

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For­mer She­shat­shiu Innu First Na­tion chief An­drew Pe­nashue is fac­ing nine charges, some of which are re­lated to an al­leged il­le­gal gam­bling house.

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