Category Archives: Immigration fraud

GTA: Marek Albinowski, Wladyslaw Pipient and Robert Fitzsimmons charged with human smuggling

Charges laid after Polish nationals smuggled into U.S. through Ontario

The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, December 2, 2014 5:08PM EST

CORNWALL, Ont. — Three Ontario residents have been charged with human smuggling after RCMP say Polish nationals were illicitly transported into the United States through a First Nation near Cornwall.

The Mounties say their probe began eight months ago, after U.S. authorities discovered three people from Poland there illegally.

It’s alleged the three accused would meet Polish nationals at Toronto’s Pearson airport or Trudeau International Airport in Montreal and then drive them to Akwesasne Mohawk Territory.

RCMP say they would then enter the U.S.

Sixty-five-year-old Marek Albinowski of Toronto, 69-year-old Wladyslaw Pipient of Markham, and 58-year-old Robert Fitzsimmons of Cornwall are charged with smuggling-related offences, while Albinowski also faces one count of possession of property obtained by crime

They were due in court on Tuesday.

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RICHMOND, B.C.: Xun Wang charged in massive citizenship fraud scheme

Chinese passports have been seized by Canadian Border Services Agency after a “significant” fraud scheme was uncovered..

 

A Richmond man planned to help at least 165 people obtain Canadian citizenship by committing fraud, according to the Canada Border Services Agency.

Charges related to immigration fraud have been laid against Xun Wang, who is alleged to have been involved in a “significant” immigration scheme, said border officials.

Wang is said to have lied about the applicants’ residency status by creating a fictitious appearance of permanent residency, a precursor to citizenship.

CBSA released a statement concerning the case on Thursday:

“The CBSA’s Criminal Investigations Section conducted a lengthy investigation into the activities of Wang’s two unlicensed immigration consulting businesses, which offered services in Metro Vancouver. During the execution of search warrants, CBSA investigators discovered a complex immigration fraud scheme. Wang has been charged with six Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) offences and four Criminal Code offences, including allegations of advising foreign nationals to provide misleading and untruthful statements on their permanent resident card renewal applications, forgery and fraud.”

Wang is also charged with one count of tax evasion and two counts of fraudulently obtaining refunds or credits under the Income Tax Act.

CBSA worked in conjunction with the Canada Revenue Agency to nab Wang on the charges.

“Immigration fraud is a criminal offence in Canada and damages the integrity of our immigration system. The CBSA takes this issue very seriously and works closely to identify, investigate, and prosecute those engaging in immigration fraud to the full extent of the law.” stated CBSA’s chief of investigations Doug Mossey.

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B.C.: Richmond man investigated on suspicion of advising hundreds of people to lie on citizenship applications

Immigration fraud in Western Canada remains steady

There were 31 cases last year

Martin MacMahon

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Last week we learned a Richmond man is being investigated on suspicion of advising hundreds of people to lie on citizenship applications.

But just how often does immigration fraud happen in Western Canada?

“On the immigration side of things, we see a variety of different cases that range from human smuggling, to immigration consultant fraud, marriages of convenience and hiring foreign nationals without authorization,” says Harold Wuigk with the Canada Border Services Agency.

There were 31 cases of immigration fraud last year, and we’re on track for a similar number, with 29 investigations under way in 2014, according to the CBSA.

“That can range from things like altering passports to show false immigration records, altering applications that come into Citizenship and Immigration Canada,” says Wuigk.

Those who attempt immigration fraud can get hit with severe penalties, with cases involving manipulation of passports holding maximum prison sentences of 14 years.

“Ghost” immigration consultants alive and kicking, only few prosecuted

Despite growing complaints, few “ghost” immigration consultants are prosecuted

New laws mean heavier sentences and fines for unscrupulous immigration consultants, but many say it’s still a Wild West out there.

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Marsha Rose Marie Tomlin, left, was assisted by licensed immigration consultant Marva Yvonne Kollar, right, in her complaint about an unlicensed consultant. 

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Marsha Rose Marie Tomlin, left, was assisted by licensed immigration consultant Marva Yvonne Kollar, right, in her complaint about an unlicensed consultant.

 By:  Immigration reporter, Published on Sat Oct 11 2014

Three years after Ottawa launched a new regulatory body to police the immigration consultant industry, critics say there are as many illegal “ghost” consultants as ever preying on would-be immigrants.

“It is still a Wild West,” says Francisco Rico-Martinez, co-director of Toronto’s FCJ Refugee Centre. “The ghosts still operate out there. People still fall victim to them.”

Experts say that despite stiffer new penalties for those who operate without licences or oversight, unscrupulous consultants continue to take advantage of refugee claimants and immigration applicants struggling to navigate Canada’s confusing and ever-changing system.

A few of these ghost consultants, who sometimes counsel clients to commit fraud, have been arrested and charged under the new laws, which provide for up to five years in jail and $100,000 in fines.

Rico-Martinez complains that when complaints are made to the Burlington-based Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), it has no power to police ghost consultants.

Instead, it’s up to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to investigate. Continue reading

HALIFAX: Immigration consultant Ziad El Shurafa fined $75k for helping clients lie on their Canadian immigration applications

STEVE BRUCE COURT REPORTER
Published September 11, 2014 – 6:49pm
Last Updated September 11, 2014 – 6:49pm

A Halifax immigration consultant who helped clients lie on their Canadian immigration applications has been handed a conditional sentence of two years less a day and fined $75,000.

Ziad El Shurafa, 41, of Bedford pleaded guilty in April to five charges of counselling misrepresentation under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

He was sentenced Thursday in Halifax provincial court.

Judge Michael Sherar said immigration consultants are trusted and regulated to guide people from other countries through Canada’s “daunting” immigration process.

“(An immigration consultant) has a privileged role to play in maintaining the integrity of Canada’s immigration system and the administration of justice,” Sherar said. “They must uphold the rule of law and act at all times honestly and in good faith toward immigration officials, without intent to deceive or undermine the integrity of the system, or assist others to do so.

“And that’s what we have here today.”

Sherar said the courts must deter people like El Shurafa “from trying to deceive the system, trying to circumvent the system, trying to get (their clients) ahead of others.”

“They have to know that if they get caught, they will be punished,” he said. “The way not to get caught is to not commit the crime.”

The judge placed El Shurafa on house arrest for the first year of his conditional sentence. That will be followed by one year with an 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew.

El Shurafa is still allowed to work while he’s serving the conditional sentence and can travel to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for business purposes as long as he gets the court’s permission first. Continue reading

Filipino nanny faces deportation for working illegally

Nanny caught up in immigration backlog faces deportation

Ottawa says caregiver is inadmissible because she briefly worked under the table while waiting for an open work permit.

By:  Immigration reporter, Published on Tue Aug 19 2014

A Filipino nanny is facing deportation from Canada after she was found guilty of “misrepresentation” because she briefly worked under the table while waiting for an open work permit amid an immigration backlog.

Canada Border Services Agency has refused to defer Lilia Ordinario Joaquin’s removal on Friday. Her lawyer filed an emergency application Tuesday asking the federal court to review the CBSA decision and stop the deportation.

“I’d say ‘the fix was in’ for Lilia. She fulfilled all the requirements of the live-in caregiver program but was caught by an extraordinarily long period of delay in receiving her open work permit from the government,” said the woman’s lawyer, Jennifer Stone, of the Neighbourhood Legal Services. Continue reading

VANCOUVER: Serhat Seyhoglu, president of BSSM Construction Ltd., charged with hiring illegal foreign workers

Serhat Seyhoglu charged after Border Security: Canada’s Front Line filmed raid on BSSM construction site

CBC News Posted: Aug 11, 2014 4:55 PM PT Last Updated: Aug 11, 2014 4:59 PM PT

Charges have been laid against a Vancouver contractor in connection with a controversial raid by Canada Border Services Agency(CBSA) last year.

Serhat Seyhoglu, president of BSSM Construction Ltd., appeared in provincial court Monday to face charges of breaching the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act by employing two foreign nationals without proper authorization. Continue reading

Undeportable Michael Mvogo kept in jail for 8 years

Michael Mvogo, shown in an image taken from a photocopy, has been held without charge in a Canadian detention centre for eight years. He hasn't been deported because officials were unable for a long time to confirm his identity, and Cameroon, the country he revealed he is from, won't issue him documents.

 

Michael Mvogo, shown in an image taken from a photocopy, has been held without charge in a Canadian detention centre for eight years. He hasn’t been deported because officials were unable for a long time to confirm his identity, and Cameroon, the country he revealed he is from, won’t issue him documents.

By:  Immigration reporter, Published on Thu Jul 24 2014

Canada should immediately release a man who has been imprisoned for eight years over immigration violations, says a United Nations human rights monitoring body.

“The inability of a state party to carry out the expulsion of an individual does not justify detention beyond the shortest period of time or where there are alternatives to detention, and under no circumstances indefinite detention,” said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions. Continue reading

TORONTO: Aline Rozeline Zeitoune charged with 97 counts including selling fake Canadian passports

RCMP hits Immigration Canada employee with 97 charges for allegedly selling passports

 | July 18, 2014 | Last Updated: Jul 19 8:58 AM ET
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The RCMP is searching around the world for 18 suspects carrying passports they allegedly obtained through a Citizenship and Immigration Canada employee now facing dozens of criminal charges.

Aline Rozeline Zeitoune, 50, who worked in the CIC passport section, was charged with breach of trust and 96 other counts including selling identity documents, passport forgery and making false statements, the RCMP said Friday.

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According to police, 22 people, at least some of them foreign nationals, were able to obtain Canadian passports under false names, birthdates and addresses as a result of the misconduct of the Toronto civil servant. Only four have been caught so far.

They are: Luke Tyler (alias Wayne Miller), 49, a Jamaican described by police as “no longer in Canada”; Evgeni Eliash (alias Evgeni Rubin), 36, an Israeli who is in custody; Luis Cabrera (alias Luis Moyano), 54, of Uruguay, who is also “no longer in Canada”; and Srinivas Gottiparthi (alias Sushanth Goud) 38, of India, who is being detained. “These people were not from Canada and were not entitled to Canadian passports,” Sgt. Rollings said. They were charged with passport forgery. Continue reading

TORONTO: Former CIC employee Aline Zeitoune allegedly helped 22 people fraudulently obtain Canadian passports

Former Immigration Canada employee charged in passport fraud

The Canadian Press
Published Friday, July 18, 2014 3:33PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, July 18, 2014 3:36PM EDT

TORONTO — The Mounties say they have charged a former Citizenship and Immigration Canada employee with breach of trust after she allegedly helped 22 people fraudulently obtain Canadian passports.

They say Aline Zeitoune, 50, of Toronto also faces 96 additional charges.

Zeitoune worked in the CIC’s passport division.

The RCMP say the probe began in March 2013, when the force was contacted by investigators with the CIC’s passport program who suspected one of their employees of processing fraudulent applications.

Zeitoune was arrested Thursday and was scheduled to appear in court later Friday.

Four of the 22 people who allegedly obtained Canadian passports fraudulently have also been charged with passport offences.

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