Former Surrey planner in court again

Akonyu Akolo pleads to lesser charge in impaired driving case

Former Surrey planner Akonyu Akolo

A former Surrey planner, charged with driving while impaired in Delta in January, has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of driving without due care and attention.

Akonyu Akolo entered the plea on Monday in B.C. Supreme Court in Surrey.

The traffic offence is just one of Akolo’s concerns.

He’s been charged with misappropriating funds in regards to a development application while he was a planner with Surrey.

Akolo has been charged with breach of trust by a public officer, corrupt municipal official, secret commissions and fraudulent concealment.

He was reported to the city by a developer last April, causing Akolo’s termination and sparking a criminal investigation.

During the course of their investigation, police found no criminal wrongdoing on the side of the developer or any other City of Surrey staff.

None of the allegations against Akolo have been proven in court.

Akolo, a Ugandan with his masters degree in planning from UBC, was in charge of area planning and development for South Surrey.

The city has also launched a civil action against Akolo.

The city alleges Akolo used the city’s money in the purchase of a house on Chateau Wynd in North Delta with an assessed value of $624,000, according to a CBC report. Surrey has placed a notice of pending litigation on the title to Akolo’s home.

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

He is scheduled to appear in court for the criminal charges in December, 2012.

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