Lawyer faces assault trial

A Red Deer lawyer who was temporarily suspended for his role in a Ponzi scheme is being tried later this month on a single charge of assault.

A Red Deer lawyer who was temporarily suspended for his role in a Ponzi scheme is being tried later this month on a single charge of assault.

Dana Carlson, 50, goes to trial in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench on July 27.

No other details are available on the assault charge, which is related to an incident in 2011.

In relation to the Ponzi scheme, the Law Society of Alberta suspended Carlson for three months earlier this year, effective March 26, and ordered him to pay more than $6,000 for the cost of a hearing.

Carlson admitted to the law society hearing committee that he was guilty of improper conduct, including representing clients in business transactions that he should have known were in breach of securities law, unwittingly enabling a party to achieve an improper purpose and accepting compensation other than legal fees from such a party.

The law society hearing committee also found Carlson guilty of unnecessarily complicating the investigation by destroying evidence and not being immediately forthright in explaining his actions to the law society.

The law society hearing committee reported a number of factors in Carlson’s favour, including an early guilty plea indicating genuine remorse and generating substantial costs savings.

The committee also stated in its report that Carlson did not act in full knowledge or in bad faith and that while he continues to practise litigation law, he no longer operates a solicitor’s practice.

That factor offers significant protection to the public, it says, since the sanctions against him arose from his role in the Ponzi scheme, described in the hearing committee’s report as a prime bank instrument fraud.

Just Posted

1,200 runners came out to Woody’s RV Marathon in Red Deer

Red Deer’s Matthew Hope ran in the Woody’s RV World Marathon for… Continue reading

Two men steal 16 year old’s car at gunpoint in Alberta

RCMP are looking for two men who allegedly produced a handgun and… Continue reading

Mother of five who died in hit and run in central Alberta a huge loss to family, police say

Rocky Mountain House RCMP continue to investigate hit and killed case on… Continue reading

‘Rope-a-dope’: Environmentalists say Alberta war room threat won’t distract them

EDMONTON — Environmental groups targeted by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney are shrugging… Continue reading

Speed, alcohol considered factors in deadly Calgary crash: police

CALGARY — The Calgary Police Service says two people are dead after… Continue reading

WATCH: First Red Deer Market of 2019

The event is held every Saturday in the Servus Arena parking lot

Cast your votes for the Best of Red Deer

Nominations for the Best of Red Deer Readers’ Choice Awards are officially… Continue reading

Speaker stuns Morehouse grads, to pay off $40M student debt

A billionaire technology investor stunned the entire graduating class at Morehouse College… Continue reading

Unions increasingly at odds over replacing troubled Phoenix pay system

OTTAWA — The federal team charged with finding a replacement for the… Continue reading

Sisters of Ste-Anne hold unique garage sale before giving up Montreal convent

MONTREAL — The Montreal-area Sisters of Ste-Anne are hosting a unique garage… Continue reading

Canadian pilot Patrick Forseth killed in Honduras plane crash: sister

TRUJILLO, Honduras — A British Columbia woman says her pilot brother was… Continue reading

As states pass restrictive abortion laws, questions surface

ATLANTA — As multiple states pass laws banning many abortions, questions have… Continue reading

Pelosi being honoured with JFK Profile in Courage Award

BOSTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is being honoured with the 2019… Continue reading

India’s marathon national election reaches the finish line

KOLKATA, India — Voting in India’s mammoth national election ended Sunday with… Continue reading

Most Read