Road company execs charged

SURREY – Two executives with a Surrey road construction firm have been charged with fraud.


Matthew Gregory Brooks, president of Aggressive Roadbuilders, and Kirk Dennis Roberts, the company’s controller bookkeeper, have both been charged with fraud over $5,000.


The RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime (FSOC) section began an investigation in 2009 into Aggressive, after receiving information from a financial institution about exaggerated and overinflated financial documents. Insp. Brian Gateley of FSOC said investigations like this rely on analysis of financial records, and are intensely timeconsuming.


The RCMP did not release information on who might have been victimized by the alleged frauds.


Aggressive did work for Langley Township, but not since 2007, according to Hilary Tsikayi, the Township’s director of finance. Aggressive did road work primarily in 2005 and 2006.


One of their major projects was a $1.9 million storm-water control upgrade funded by both Langley City and Township.


The project was approved in the summer of 2007 to avoid further flooding from Logan Creek and Jeffries Brook around 204th Street, 206th Street and the Langley Bypass.


The project was overseen by Langley City. Independent engineering consultants oversaw the work, said City administrator Francis Cheung.


"We’re confident that we got value for our money," Cheung said.


Aggressive is listed in Surrey civic documents as having done road construction work for that city in the early 2000s.


In 2006, Surrey paid Aggressive $3.1 million for a variety of road and sidewalk construction projects. Aggressive offered the lowest price of four bidders.


When asked if the victims of the alleged scam included any local municipalities, Staff Sgt. Laurie White, spokesperson for the FSOC, said police could not comment on the victim or victims’ identities.