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Former Sheshatshiu chief pleads not guilty to running illegal gambling operation

Former Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation chief Andrew Penashue is facing nine charges, some of which are related to an alleged illegal gambling house.
Andrew Penashue (pictured) and Mary Gregoire are facing charges of running an illegal gaming house in Sheshatshiu. - SaltWire File Photo

Andrew Penashue and Mary Gregoire are facing charges of running an illegal gaming house in Sheshatshiu

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. —

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. – Andrew Penashue has pleaded not guilty to charges of running an illegal gaming house in Sheshatshiu.
Penashue, a former chief of the Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation, was charged after an RCMP raid on a shed near a residence in the community on Sept. 28. At the time, RCMP told the Labrador Voice they had seized 11 VLTs, an automated teller machine and other related items. 
He pleaded not guilty to eight charges, including illegally operating a gaming house, operating video lottery terminals without the permission of the Atlantic Lottery Corporation, and three weapons-related charges. He has a co-accused in the case, Mary Gregoire, who is facing the same charges and entered similar pleas on June 3 in Happy Valley-Goose Bay Provincial Court.
They are also charged with violating a Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation bylaw against video lottery terminals on the reserve. Neither has entered a plea on that charge.
The case is scheduled to return to court July 2.

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