Lawyer disbarred for taking cash from client

A Bradner man has been banned from practicing law.

An Abbotsford man who has been active in Aldergrove charities has been disbarred for misappropriating funds from the trust of a client.

John David Briner was found to have committed professional misconduct for taking the funds, breaching accounting rules, and failing to comply with a B.C. Law Society investigation.

According to the Law Society, in 2012 Briner’s office received $50,439 from a third party intended for one of Briner’s clients.

He put the money into a trust account, but instead of crediting it to his client, Briner intentionally credited it to the ledger of another client who was in overdraft.

He also sent a bill to the second client for $10,000, then withdrew that amount for his “fees.”

The rest of the trust funds were withdrawn by the second client.

The discipline hearing panel found that there was a clear advantage gained by Briner by using one client’s trust funds to cover an overdraft in another client’s trust account, and that he offered no corroborating evidence to support his position that the misappropriation was a simple mistake,” said a Law Society statement.

Briner hasn’t practiced as a lawyer since at least October, 2013, when he withdrew his membership in the Society.

The Legal Profession Act requires the Law Society to impose sanctions, said David Jordan, communications officer for the Law Society.

This spring, Briner contacted the Langley Advance to help publicize a seed library he proposed starting from his Bradner-area farm.

He has also been active in Aldergrove through the Access Music Society, of which he was executive director.

Briner’s name no longer appears on the society’s website, which says it is looking for new directors from the community.

He was also facing an Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation in the United States, and settled with that agency in September.

Briner agreed to an order banning him from acting as an officer or director of a company issuing stock, from offering any penny stocks, or from appearing before the SEC as an attorney.

He also agreed to pay more than $70,000 US in fines.

Accounting firms that audited Briner’s enterprises were also fined.

In 2010, Briner settled a previous complaint with the SEC, over what the agency characterized as a “pump and dump” stock scheme. Briner did not admit or deny responsibility as part of the settlement.

 

Just Posted

Backlog reduced at Langley adult day program

Wait list goes from months to weeks

Artisan cheesemakers forming BC association

Milner Valley Cheese is part of an effort to increase awareness of BC’s artisan cheese offerings.

LETTER: Fort Langley driver lobbies for roundabout signalling

ICBC rules call for drivers to signal when exiting roundabouts.

South Langley community group wants to talk innovative housing

Brookswood-Fernridge Community Association invites people to a meeting about the future of housing.

GREEN BEAT: Opening ‘new roads’ in Langley makes cycling safer

HUB Langley pushed to ‘UnGap the Map’ and create more bike infrastructure throughout the community.

Edmonton judge rules Omar Khadr’s sentence has expired

Eight-year sentence imposed in 2010 would have ended last October had Khadr remained in custody

Trudeau sells housing plan in visit to hot real estate market in B.C.

Trudeau said the budget contains measures to help first-time buyers

Norway opens probe into why cruise ship ventured into storm

The Viking Sky was headed for southern Norway when it had engine problems on Saturday afternoon

B.C. river cleanup crew finds bag of discarded sex toys

Chilliwack volunteers stumble on unexpected find while removing 600 lbs of trash from riverway

Crash threatens Vancouver shipyard’s schedule for new coast guard ships

The delivery of the vessel was already years overdue

Fired B.C. farmland commission chair backs NDP rule changes

Richard Bullock agrees with Lana Popham, ALC records don’t

Kamloops chamber of commerce director let go after controversial Facebook posts

Facebook account had derogatory comments about Muslims, Justin Trudeau

B.C. RCMP officer cleared after Taser incident seriously injures woman

Woman with knives refused to comply with orders therefore officer used appropriate level of force

‘Bikinishe’ swimwear retailer prompts Better Business Bureau warning

Watchdog has gotten dozens of complaints about company, which has been using fake Vancouver address

Most Read