Former Sipekne’katik Finance Director ordered to stand trial

Jeff Hayes leaves court July 16 after judge orders him to stand trial on fraud, theft charges./Photo by Stephen Brake

The former finance director for the Sipekne’katik Band has been committed to stand trial on fraud, theft and breach of trust charges following a preliminary inquiry July 16 in Halifax Provincial Court.

Judge Michael Sherar ordered Jeff Hayes of Halifax to appear in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax on August 6 to set a date for the trial. Hayes has elected to be tried by judge and jury.

Hayes, 60, faces a total of seven charges.

They include:

  • Fraud over $5,000
  • Theft over $5,000
  • Breach of trust
  • Possession of property obtained from crime (four counts)

The crown alleges the offences were committed between July 2009 and December 2010 while Hayes worked at the Sipekne’katik band office in Indian Brook First Nation, N.S.

Hayes’ preliminary inquiry began on July 9 and concluded on Thursday afternoon. A lawyer and two Sipekne’katik band councillors testified during the preliminary hearing. The judge issued a publication ban on testimony given during the preliminary inquiry.

An arrest warrant was issued for a fourth witness who failed to appear in court after receiving a summons. However, the judge rescinded the order at the conclusion of the preliminary inquiry.

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About Maureen Googoo 270 Articles
Maureen Googoo is an award-winning journalist from Indian Brook First Nation (Sipekne'katik) in Nova Scotia. She has worked in news more than 30 years for media outlets such as CBC Radio, the Chronicle-Herald and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. Maureen has an arts degree in political science from Saint Mary's University in Halifax, a journalism degree from Ryerson University in Toronto and a Masters degree in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.