Alleged Whitecap fraudster Hugo Gallegos faces new charges

A man accused of stealing money from the Whitecap Dakota First Nation is now charged with money laundering.

New charges include money laundering

A man charged with stealing more than $1-million from the Whitecap Dakota First Nation is now facing new charges.

Hugo Gallegos worked as an accountant for the First Nation at the time of the alleged theft. Now, he faces fresh charges of theft, fraud, possession of the proceeds of crime -- and money laundering.

RCMP investigators say the alleged offences happened between January 2009 and July of 2013.

The new charges were formally laid when Gallegos came to court today for a scheduled court appearance. He returns to court next month.

When the First Nation first became aware of the missing money, RCMP had initially been unable to track Gallegos down and had issued a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest. He came back to Saskatoon from El Salvador to answer to the charges.