A Langley resident who has been convicted of running criminal activity out of his Willoughby home has been ordered to pay $200,000 to the provincial government, after a favourable judgment was granted by the B.C. Supreme Court in August.
One of the owners, Robin Joseph Krayem, 43, whom police deem to be one of Langley’s prolific offenders, has also agreed that if the property is used for unlawful activity in the next five years, the province can seize the home.
The property in the 7300 block of 208 Street was identified as a problem residence by police in December 2011. Police were repeatedly called to the home for a variety of offences, including stolen property, firearms and credit card fraud.
Const. Mike Schnerch, Langley RCMP’s Offence Related Property co-ordinator prepared an information package and a referral was forwarded to the Civil Forfeiture Office at the beginning of 2012.
One noteworthy investigation involved Krayem, who had been convicted of unauthorized possession of a firearm and possession of instruments for forging or falsifying credit cards. It was determined these crimes took place on his Langley property.
Civil Forfeiture proceedings have now been concluded and a consent order dated Aug. 22, between the Director of Civil Forfeiture and the owners Robin and Fouad Krayem, has been signed.
As well, Robin Krayem has agreed that if the property is used during the next five years for any enumerated unlawful activity, it is subject to forfeiture.
As a result of the forfeit of $200,000 in interest and the five-year agreement against unlawful activity on the property, the hope is that it will cease to be a problem property within the community, said police.
“We are very pleased with a ruling of this type for both the community and from a policing perspective. Residences such as this one become a significant drain on police resources and often a daily nuisance for those living in close proximity,” said Insp. Murray Power.
Robin Krayem has numerous criminal convictions, some dating back to the late 1990s. He is facing charges, along with another prolific offender, Derek Allenby, for crimes allegedly committed in May in Langley.
In that case, Krayem and Allenby are charged with break and enter, possession of stolen property over $5,000 and breaching other conditions. Krayem will be in court in July 2014 for a trial confirmation hearing on that matter.