Former City of Surrey planner Akonyu Akolo.

Former Surrey planner intends to plead guilty to bribery, fraud

Akonyu Akolo due back in court on Sept. 26.

A former City of Surrey planner is intending to plead guilty later this month to charges related to accepting bribes and defrauding the city.

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

Akolo was scheduled to be in Surrey Provincial Court on Wednesday (Sept. 18), but he did not attend. He faces five charges – bribing an agent, corrupt municipal official, breach of trust by a public officer, giving false account to deceive principal, and fraudulent concealment.

His next court date is Sept. 26, and the court registry indicates he plans to enter guilty pleas at that time.

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

It was alleged he accepted bribes from developers in order to fast-track development applications. His questionable dealings were reported to city officials by a developer in April 2010. During their investigation, police found no criminal wrongdoing on the part of the developer or any other Surrey staffers.

Akolo initially denied all the allegations.

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.

– with files from Kevin Diakiw

Just Posted

Hands Against Racism takes over Surrey City Hall

Event included music, dance; two people received awards

Surrey couple visits the Philippines each year to give back to wife’s former village

Nissa and Bob Clarkson give toys to children, provide medical-dental missions

Upbeat White Rock concert blends ecology, history

The Wilds and Tiller’s Folly raise ‘Voices for the Salish Sea’

South Surrey mother guilty of second-degree murder in death of daughter

Lisa Batstone ‘took seven decades of Teagan’s life’

Sparks fly as SUV speeds down wrong side of Highway 1 trying to flee RCMP

Captured on video, the vehicle headed westbound against oncoming traffic before crashing

Calgary captain has 3 points as Flames torch Canucks 3-1

Giordano leads way as Alberta side cracks 100-point plateau

1,300 cruise ship passengers rescued by helicopter amid storm off Norway’s coast

Rescue teams with helicopters and boats were sent to evacuate the cruise ship under extremely difficult circumstances

B.C. university to offer first graduate program on mindfulness in Canada

University of the Fraser Valley says the mostly-online program focuses on self-care and well being

Province announces $18.6 million for B.C. Search and Rescue

The funding, spread over three years, to pay for operations, equipment, and training

Vancouver-bound transit bus involved in fatal crash near Seattle

One man was killed and a woman injured in crash with bus purchased by TransLink

Late-season wave of the flu makes its round in B.C.

BC Centre for Disease Control reported 50 per cent jump in flu cases in first weeks of March

Tofino’s housing crisis causing some to seek shelter at the local hospital

Tofino’s housing crisis is pushing the town’s ‘hidden homeless’ population into the forefront.

Most Read

l -->