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Tribal Council Member Being Investigated for Alleged Check Theft

Vanessa Northrup, District 1 representative of the Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee (RBC), is being accused of converting a Vanessa Northrup, District 1 representative of the Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee (RBC), is being accused of converting a  |  Photo: Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

December 07, 2017 07:40 PM

Carlton County is investigating a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa council for alleged theft.

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Vanessa Northrup, District 1 representative of the Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee (RBC), is being accused of converting a "Reservation check to her own account."

Another member of the council, Ferdinand Martineau who is the Secretary/Treasurer, accused Northrup of the theft in this month's Nahgahchiwanong Dibahjimowinnan band newspaper.

Martineau alleges Northrup cashed the check meant for the Reservation. According to the Cloquet Pine Journal, Martineau said staff in his department discovered the money hadn't been paid during an audit, checked with the vendor and ultimately found that Northrup cashed the check.

The office of County Attorney Thom Pertler confirmed to Eyewitness News that an investigation is currently going on. Northrup is facing two felony charges of theft and stolen property. Northrup is scheduled to make her first appearance before the Carlton County District Court on December 20th.

According to the Cloquet Pine Journal, Martineau has also recommended that band members circulate a petition to have Northrup removed from office. He said in his column that the constitution of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe states it's his responsibility to make a recommendation.

Northrup was elected to her RBC seat in June 2016.

Eyewitness News has reached out to Northrup for comments but Northrup has not replied.

The Cloquet Pine Journal contributed to this story.


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