Errant FNUC Former Official Pleads Guilty to Fraud

Errant FNUC Former Official Pleads Guilty to Fraud

ICTMN Staff
6/13/11

A former vice-president of finance and administration at First Nations University of Canada (FNUC) whose fiscal shenanigans nearly cost the school its funding has pleaded guilty to fraud in relation to financial irregularities between January and March 2005, CBC news reported.

Two years after being fired over the allegations of impropriety, Wesley Robert Stevenson, 60, pleaded guilty on June 9 in the Court of Queen’s Bench in Regina, Saskatchewan. He confessed to taking $15,000 that was supposed to fund an FNUC-sponsored trip to the Orkney Islands in Scotland and spending it on himself, calling them “coordinator fees,” according to Macleans. When he was fired for it, he contested the dismissal.

He had helped put together the September 2004 cultural-exchange trip to Scotland, CBC News reported, to explore the historical connections between the two peoples through the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Instead he told the federal government that the trip had had cost overruns, CBC News said. He now must do 75 hours of community service and a 12-month non-jail sentence.

The university almost lost its funding in 2010 because of Stevenson’s actions, but was saved at the last minute. This year it turned 35 and hired a new president, Doyle Anderson, who will take over August 1.

You need to be logged in in order to post comments
Please use the log in option at the bottom of this page

POST A COMMENT

Comments

chauncey's picture
chauncey
Submitted by chauncey on
$15,000 nearly cost the school its funding?? I read the other related stories and he took $7000 in coordinator's fees for organizing the trip and used the rest of the money for other university business. It sounds like the trip was an international success story. Get your stories straight or you will quickly lose credibility. The cornerstone of good journalism is checking your sources!

elena's picture
elena
Submitted by elena on
Greg Fellinger, regional crown prosecutor in the Public Prosecutions division of the justice branch of the Court of the Queen’s Bench, heard the case. “Before and after the Orkney trip he used the funds to pay for a number of non-Orkney related expenses, including a work-related holiday for himself and unrelated travel expenses for other university employees,” he told Indian Country Today Media Network. Fellinger said that although “there were certainly greater sets of circumstances and allegations,” this settles the matter for the criminal court.
2