Former City of Surrey planner Akonyu Akolo

Former City of Surrey planner Akonyu Akolo

Former Surrey planner guilty of breach of trust

Akonyo Akolo, who worked for the city for 17 years, to be sentenced Nov. 28.

A former City of Surrey planner pleaded guilty in court today to a charge relating to missing money at city hall.

Akonyu Akolo, who was fired in 2010, was criminally charged in 2011 after a lengthy police investigation.

Akolo was in Surrey Provincial Court on Thursday (Sept. 26), and pleaded guilty to breach of trust by a public officer.

He will be sentenced Nov. 28.

Akolo was in charge of area planning and development for South Surrey. He had worked for the city for 17 years.

The City of Surrey also has a civil lawsuit against Akolo over missing funds.

In a suit filed in April 2010, the city claimed unnamed developers acted in conspiracy with Akolo to bilk the city out of various development fees. The city also accused Akolo of using the funds he took to purchase his home in North Delta.

Those allegations have yet to be proven in court.

More details to come.