A 60-year-old Gatineau man faces fraud accusations and other charges following a six-month investigation into an organization purporting to represent Indigenous people, notably in matters of taxation and hunting rights.
Guillaume Carle was arrested June 9 by special constables at the Gatineau courthouse on an arrest warrant. He had been at the courthouse on other matters.
Police allege Carle was behind the creation of the Confederacy of Aboriginal Peoples of Canada (CAFC). The group created the CPAC card (Confédération des peuples autochtones du Canada) that claimed its holders would benefit from rights guaranteed to Indigenous people in Canada, particularly in matters of taxation and hunting, “causing monetary prejudice to users.”
The victims, who paid membership fees, were not only left with monetary losses, but also with what investigators termed “invalid fees,” such as initiation fees and other charges for use of the cards, police alleged.
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The Sûreté du Québec said seven searches were conducted since the investigation began.
Police seized documents related to these accusations plus firearms and ammunition that were not legally stored.
Carle faces several charges including fraud over $5,000, possession and use of forged documents, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm without a licence, negligent storage of firearms and receiving stolen property.
A court date was tentatively set for Sept. 21.
In addition to the SQ, the investigation involved the collaboration of the Kahnawake Peacekeepers and the Châteauguay Police Service, both in the Montreal area, and Crown-Aboriginal Relations and Northern Affairs Canada.
“We remind citizens in possession of these cards that they have no legal value,” the SQ said in a release.
“Only the Secure Certificate of Indian Status issued by Crown-Aboriginal Relations and Northern Affairs Canada is a valid document recognized for exercising certain rights, particularly fiscal rights, as provided for in the Indian Act.”
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