Barry Commando, former chief of the aboriginal police force in Kanesatake, has been found guilty on two charges of fraud and theft. Commando, who was chief of the first all-aboriginal police force in Kanesatake from it’s inception in 1997 until his firing in January 1999, had been charged with multiple counts of fraud and theft, but was acquitted of seven charges connected to expense-account irregularities. The former police chief, 39, was tried in Quebec Court in Saint-Jerome and found guilty of cheating his Mohawk-council employers out of $1229.78 in personal car rental and gas expenses that he billed to Kanesatake. Commando had claimed that the charges were politically motivated to remove him from office, but Quebec Court Judge Michel Duceppe ruled that the discovery of altered documents proved an intent to fraud. While the total amount of the fraud was negligible, Commando was held accountable for abusing his position as a police officer. He is to be sentenced on October 22.