Ex-grand chief: I didn't steal anything

Former Southern Chiefs Organization Grand Chief Murray Clearsky, left, and current SCO Grand Chief...

Former Southern Chiefs Organization Grand Chief Murray Clearsky, left, and current SCO Grand Chief Terry Nelson speak at a press conference on Monday to fight allegations Clearsky recklessly spent SCO funds. (DAVID LARKINS/WINNIPEG SUN/QMI AGENCY)

David Larkins, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:06 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- Adamant he took nothing from the community he once represented, former Southern Chiefs Organization (SCO) grand chief Murray Clearsky faced the media Monday amid allegations he and others are responsible for more than $260,000 in questionable transactions.

"I've been a leader of my community for 25 years and not once have I ever stole anything. Money, anything," Clearsky said.

Clearsky responded to an audit by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada that identified $261,587 in questionable transactions allegedly made by SCO staff, including Clearsky and Morris Shannacappo, another former chief.

Clearsky said he has receipts that will explain many of the transactions and that he wasn't the only person to have access to a bank account that was charged $38,922 between 2010 and 2014.

SCO Grand Chief Terry Nelson interviewed Clearsky and former chief Morris Shannacappo last week. Allegations against the latter include the purchase of a $25,000 vehicle using federal funding.

Nelson said the vehicle was not purchased with SCO funds and was instead a gift from a doctor, who he declined to name.

Nelson said Shannacappo wanted to be in attendance Monday to speak to the allegations, but Nelson felt it better that Clearsky have the floor to himself and Shannacappo speak at a later date.


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