Lawyers express frustration with pace of fraud scandal case

Lawyers for three of the defendants involved in the Myles-Leger fraud scandal say they feel the case is moving too slowly.

Disclosure in case now more than 40,000 pages

Bill Clarke, shown in the above photo, along with his brother Randall Clarke, lawyer Bill Parsons and accountant Terrence Reardon, were all charged with millions of dollars in frauds in December 2012. (File photo)

Lawyers for three of the defendants involved in a fraud scandal have expressed frustration at how the case is proceeding.

Myles-Leger went backrupt in 2004 and was liquidated to pay back creditors about $14 million. The company was involved in the development and construction of residential subdivisions and condominiums.

In December 2012, key players Bill and Randall Clarke, their lawyer Bill Parsons and accountant Terrence Reardon were all charged with millions of dollars in frauds. The RCMP had conducted a lengthy investigation prior to the charges. 

In court on Wednesday, the lawyers representing the Clarkes and Reardon said they feel the pace of the case is too slow.

They made it clear they are not upset with the Crown, but rather with the RCMP.

The lawyers said the disclosure in the case — possible evidence against their clients — keeps rolling in, and now amounts to more than 40,000 pages.

Lawyer Bob Simmonds who represents Randall Clarke inquired if the investigation is over.

Crown prosecutor Tanis King. (CBC)

Crown prosecutor Tanis King said it's in the hands of the police — and it is possible there could be more disclosure.

Randy Piercey, who is representing Terrence Reardon, said his client has a reputation to uphold in the community. Piercey said he wants the issue dealt with. 

Lawyer Bill Parsons was disbarred over his involvement in the scandal, as well as Parson's law partner Glenn Bursey who is now deceased.

Parsons and Bursey had funneled more than $3 million to the Clarkes — mortgage money supposed to be held in trust.