The lawyer for four Waswanipi women charged with defrauding the community’s Caisse Populaire entered pleas of not guilty in Quebec Court May 17.

The alleged financial misdoings ran from January 2001 until July 2003 and according to the Crown involved thefts from entities within the community, including two grocery stores, the daycare centre and the band office.

Pauline Icebound, Josephine Happyjack, Cynthia Saganash, and Emily Gull-Happyjack, were all employees of the Waswanipi Caisse Populaire. They were charged Feb. 8 with theft of $277,925.59, fraud and forgery of bank documents.

Their next court date is set for August 29.