Christopher Mele - Lifetime Withdrawal from Industry
Calgary, Alberta – On April 16, 2014, Christopher Mele, previously a real estate associate in Calgary, applied to permanently withdraw from industry membership.
At the time of his application, Mr. Mele was the subject of conduct proceedings to determine whether he:
- masterminded and or participated in a scheme to sell real estate and obtain mortgage(s) through deceit.
- made representations or carried on conduct that is reckless or intentional and that misleads or deceives any person or is likely to do so.
- engaged in conduct that undermines public confidence in the industry, harms the integrity of the industry or brings the industry into disrepute.
- Failed to act honestly.
- Failed to provide competent service.
- Failed to ensure his role was clearly understood by their clients and third parties.
- Failed to cooperate fully with, and provide any information requested to, any representative of the council carrying out their duties and responsibilities under the Act.
- Failed to practice in strict accordance with the Act, Regulations, Rules, Bylaws and any other laws that govern trading in real estate, mortgage transactions or appraisals in Alberta.
- Failed to report a judgment in relation to the provision of services or sale of goods to consumers.
- Failed to report a judgment rendered against a business in which he was a director.
- Engaged in unauthorized property management by Mika Property Management Ltd. in which he was a director and 50% shareholder.
- Failed to provide to his broker all original documentation related to a trade in real estate.
- Failed to keep his broker informed of the activities performed by the associate.
At the time of the withdrawal application approval, there had been no disciplinary hearing, admissions of conduct or findings of fact. The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) approved Mr. Mele’s application to withdraw and this results in a voluntary lifetime prohibition from industry membership; conduct proceedings are now discontinued.
The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for governing real estate, mortgage broker, and real estate appraisal industry professionals under Alberta’s Real Estate Act. RECA is mandated to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry professionals.