Derek Johnson Found in Contempt of Court, RECA Continues Fight against Predatory Practices
Calgary, Alberta – The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) continues to take decisive action against unlicensed individuals who prey on Alberta consumers.
On April 20, 2016, RECA successfully applied to the Court of Queen’s Bench to have Kevin Kumar, Derek Ryan Johnson, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Manji, Laurel Cinnamon, 1827148 Alberta Ltd. and New Century Real Estate Inc. found in civil contempt of Court.
The Court of Queen’s Bench previously granted RECA an injunction against Derek Johnson and his associates, ordering them to cease and desist trading in real estate and dealing in mortgages without a licence. Today’s application was the result of their continued blatant disregard for the injunction.
The Court order for contempt requires those named in the order to appear in person on June 7, 2016 in a Calgary courtroom for the penalty phase of this proceeding. RECA has instructed its legal counsel to pursue the maximum penalty allowed by the Courts.
“We are taking extraordinary and unprecedented measures to help prevent harm to consumers,” says Bob Myroniuk, executive director of RECA. “Today’s court proceeding is testament to how seriously RECA takes its regulatory responsibilities. We hope the Court shares our view of how important it is to protect consumers from unlicensed real estate and mortgage brokerage activity.”
RECA has issued five administrative penalties against Derek Johnson for unlicensed activity in the past, with fines totaling more than $100,000. These penalties remain unpaid. To read more about the Derek Johnson matter, please click here.
Consumers are encouraged to always ensure they are working with licensed real estate and mortgage brokerage professionals. To search for a licensed industry professional, visit RECA’s website at www.reca.ca.
The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for governing real estate, mortgage broker, property management, and real estate appraisal industry professionals under Alberta’s Real Estate Act. RECA’s mandate is to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry professionals.