British Columbia

Planner allegedly purloined city funds

The City of Surrey has launched legal action against a former city planner who allegedly misappropriated funds he used to buy a home in neighbouring Delta.

Fraud allegation

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The CBC's Susana da Silva reports on the allegations that a former City of Surrey planner had defrauded the city out of thousands of dollars 1:58

The City of Surrey has launched legal action against a former city planner who allegedly misappropriated funds he used to buy a home in neighbouring Delta.

Legal documents filed in B.C. Supreme Court show a litany of claims against one-time planner Akonyu Akolo.

Akolo is accused of breach of contract, breach of duty, intentional and negligent misrepresentation, fraud, deceit and misappropriation and conversion of funds.

The city alleges Akolo used the city's money in the purchase of a house on Chateau Wynd in Delta with an assessed value of $624,000.

Surrey said in its claim that it is seeking general damages, special damages and punitive damages from Akolo.

Akolo no longer works for Surrey and did not answer calls from CBC News to his home Tuesday.   Surrey RCMP began an investigation in to the allegations last year, according to Cpl. Drew Grainger.

That investigation is ongoing, Grainger said, and no charges have been laid.

With files from the CBC's Meera Bains

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