It’s another example of the gravity of court delays.
15 charges of theft and fraud against a B.C. man have been thrown out, due to “unreasonable” delays.
Charles Kamal Dass of Port Alberni was supposed to stand trial after allegedly embezzling $3.9 million in investment money from two Alberni Valley dairy farming families, according to the Alberni Valley Times.
Instead, a judge has issued a stay of proceedings for unreasonable delay.
The initial complaint to police was back in 2007 and charges weren’t laid until 2013.
The judge says a “culture of complacency” led to the derailment of “what should been a straightforward preliminary inquiry” by almost nine months.
The overall delay was 39 months.
The newspaper reports the families had decided to sell their cows and dairy farm assets, investing the money with Dass.
Their lawsuit alleged Dass absconded with $3,275,000 from one family and $625,000 from the other.
Dass contended he followed instructions from his clients to invest the funds in high-risk ventures.
The Alberni Valley Times reports the 46-year-old was banned from the brokerage business for life after a 2009 hearing by the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada.
Dass was ordered to pay a $220,000 fine and $83,184 in costs.
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court issued new rules for what can be considered reasonable delay, setting the time limits at 18 months for provincial courts and 30 months for superior courts.