Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence not under investigation after partner charged: Police
Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence. (Andre Forget/QMI Agency file photo)
Police say Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence is not facing any charges and is not currently under investigation in regards to any discrepancies in the band's books.
It was revealed this week Spence's common-law partner, Clayton Kennedy, has been charged with fraud over $5,000 and theft over $5,000. Kennedy, 62, was the recipient-appointed adviser, or co-manager, of the First Nation between July 2010 and the end of summer 2012.
Kennedy is currently working as the co-manager of the Taykwa Tagamou Nation in Cochrane, Ont.
He is scheduled to appear in court May 28.
Sgt. Jackie George of the Nishnawbe-Aski Police said their investigation focused on Kennedy, and did not include Spence.
"We don't have any other investigation going at this time," George said when asked if Spence is also under investigation.
Attawapiskat First Nation promises it will co-operate "in any and all ways possible" after Kennedy was charged.