RCMP investigating Innu group's finances
Audited report said to focus on fired executives
An Innu business group is being investigating by the RCMP following a review of its books by the province's former auditor general.
Questions and controversy have dogged the Innu Development Limited Partnership, or IDLP, for years.
In 2012, documents obtained by CBC showed serious irregularities inside the community-run organization that's supposed to return money to communities through business ventures.
One of the biggest concerns involved the IDLP's CEO, Paul Rich, and how much he was paid: a million dollars over a two-year period.
That revelation angered many in the Labrador Innu communities of Sheshatshiu and Natuashish who wanted to know more about the finances of the partnership.
In November, the IDLP asked Newfoundland and Labrador's former AG John Noseworthy to have a look. He did, and forwarded his findings to the RCMP.
"I was going through all sorts of payroll records, and all the expenditure transactions, documentation, travel, all of those sorts of things that would be available at the entity," Noseworthy told CBC.
"I don't think we'd send [the findings] to the RCMP for consideration if they weren't serious in nature."
Noseworthy won't say exactly what he found, but a source familiar with the report says it focuses on Rich and former chief financial officer Edgar Branton.
Both have since been fired, although the IDLP has not publicly said why.
The partnership also made headlines through its political connections. CBC revealed that the IDLP gave former MP Peter Penashue a $25,000 loan for his first federal election run, money that Penashue said has been repaid.
The RCMP received Noseworthy's report this week. But with a few hundred pages to sift through, it could take some time before the police decide if criminal charges are warranted.