Former grand chiefs bought cars, spent inappropriately: Feds

Both former Grand Chief Murray Clearsky (pictured) and his chief of staff, Michael Bear, were...

Both former Grand Chief Murray Clearsky (pictured) and his chief of staff, Michael Bear, were removed from the organization last year amidst allegations of inappropriate spending and human resource issues.

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:15 PM ET

WINNIPEG -- A former Manitoba grand chief and his chief of staff have until Friday to explain more than a quarter of a million dollars in expenses the government says are questionable.

In a July 25 to the Southern Chiefs Organization (SCO), the federal Aboriginal Affairs department said it found unauthorized cash withdrawls, claims for business trips that may not have occurred and other inappropriate transactions between 2010 and 2014 totalling $261,587.

Both former Grand Chief Murray Clearsky and his chief of staff Michael Bear were removed from the organization last year amidst allegations of inappropriate spending and human resource issues.

But current Grand Chief Terrance Nelson said neither Clearsky nor Bear were interviewed during the audit and said before he passes judgment he must interview them, which he planned to do Thursday evening.


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