Lawyer quits profession over aboriginal condo development
A lawyer involved in the deal between the federal government and the Indian Residential Schools has admitted he failed in his representation of aboriginals over Leduc’s Bellavera Green development. Leslie Meikeljohn has resigned from the Law Society of Alberta before disciplinary action and has left the profession. Meikeljohn didn’t pay the $100,000 per unit agreed in sales contracts and failed to disclose mortgages that existed on some of the properties. No charges have been brought against Meikeljohn although creditors did come after him when the condo development ran into trouble in 2011 and developer Kevyn Frederick disappeared. Frederick was involved in mortgage fraud in the 1990s and has been the subject of multiple legal actions in recent years. Hundreds of condo owners have been left out of pocket after the Leduc Fire Department declared the development unsafe. Read the full story.