The Real Estate Council of Alberta has brought a court injunction against an individual suspected of being an associate of Derek Johnson’s.
The association has ordered for Kevin Manji to stop dealing in real estate, a practice for which he has no license.
RECA said it was able to serve Manji with the same court-ordered injunction since that order covers any of Johnson’s associates.
“RECA has reason to believe that Mr. Manji is an associate of Derek Johnson’s,” says Natalie Scollard, communications co-ordinator with RECA. “We’ve served that same injunction because it names Derek Johnson and his associates.”
The injunction, originally filed late last year, ordered Johnson – a.k.a., John Davis – to cease and desist trading in real estate and dealing in mortgages. Johnson is not licensed in either industry. He was also ordered to pay $2,500 in fees and remove his websites and social media posts.
Last year, RECA promised to take further action against Johnson, who has not yet complied with any of RECA’s own cease-and-desist orders, or paid any RECA fines, which now total $65,000.
Johnson hasn’t paid any of those fines, and based on his correspondence with other news organizations, he doesn’t intend to.
For his part, Manji was found to be listing properties that he does not own for sale on sites like Kijiji, and was holding himself as a licensed real estate professional.
Scollard said RECA has brought disciplinary actions against Manji in the past, also for engaging in unlicensed activity.
“This is a consumer protection issue,” she said. “There’s much more protection afforded to a consumer when they’re working with a licensed individual. The consumer protection fund, for instance, only applies when working with licensed agents.”