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A fraud case involving the owners and comptroller of a construction company that declared bankruptcy in 2004 had its first day in St. John’s provincial court Tuesday afternoon.
Randall Myles Clarke and William Leger Clarke, the brothers who owned Myles-Leger Ltd., each face 38 counts of fraud over $1,000 along with the company’s former comptroller, Terrance Martin Reardon.
All three men have also been charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.
Randall Clarke, 52, was the lone individual among the accused to appear in court Tuesday. He now lives in Meza, Arizona, and has designated
St. John’s defence lawyer Bob Simmonds to represent him on the matter.
William Clarke, 53, and Reardon, 51, are being represented by defence lawyers Geoff Budden and Randy Piercey, respectively.
They were in court Tuesday on behalf of their respective clients, both of whom reside in St. John’s.
Crown prosecutor Tannis King told Judge Gregory Brown disclosure is prepared, but the data is still in the process of being transfered to another format.
She suggested it would take at least a couple of months for the defence to meaningfully review disclosure given the volume of information involved in the case.
Brown agreed to set over the matter until March 7, 2013, for election and disclosure.
The charges against the three men relate to alleged events covering a period from January 2000 to May 2004.
William Parsons, a lawyer who once represented the company, was also charged earlier this month with 38 counts of fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit fraud. He is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 8.
The RCMP’s commercial crime section laid the charges against the four men following what police called a lengthy investigation into real estate deals and mortgages. The company was involved in the development and construction of condominiums and residential subdivisions.