09/26/2013 07:41 EDT | Updated 11/26/2013 05:12 EST

Surrey Planner Akonyu Akolo Pleads Guilty In Bribery Scheme

Former Surrey city planner Akonyu Akolo pleaded guilty today to breach of trust in connection with a scheme to collect bribes from local developers.

Developer Jack Saran, who was in court today to watch the plea, claims that Akolo asked him for a $65,000 bribe.

"He [wanted] to get some money from me in cash under the table, so he can save me some money on my charges, fees from the city of Surrey," said Saran.

Saran says he still has trouble accepting the sheer audacity of Akonyu Akolo's demand.

"I was shocked. I did hear some stories before. I didn't believe, but when this happened to me I was like 'What a shock.'"

Saran says he called the City of Surrey and RCMP, but he claims neither took him seriously at first.

Akonyu Akolo was ultimately fired in 2010 and then charged criminally in 2011.

Today he refused to comment after standing up in court and pleading guilty to breach of trust in a voice so soft the judge had to ask him to repeat himself.

Akolo is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 28. He still faces a civil from the city for gains he allegedly converted into property.

Saran says the whole affair has left a bitter taste in his mouth and he doubts it's the only case of its kind.

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