Category Archives: Immigration fraud

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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Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/former-immigration-canada-employee-charged-in-passport-fraud-1.1920766#ixzz37rDlzjJB Continue reading

TORONTO: Rosanna Lim, CEO of Platinum Care, Leahnette Acuna, Shannon Lim, Normita Mandoza and Fazeina Sarlat charged with immigration fraud

53 people came to Canada in identity theft fraud, RCMP say

CBC News Posted: Jul 09, 2014 3:44 PM ET Last Updated: Jul 09, 2014 7:39 PM ET

Five people in the Toronto area have been arrested for an alleged scam in Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Continue reading

QUEBEC: Bill 60 is long overdue, says former Herouxville councillor

Bill 60 is long overdue, says former Herouxville councillor

Read more: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/bill-60-is-long-overdue-says-former-herouxville-councillor-1.1651965#ixzz2rNfR1u6j

Hearings on the proposed Charter of Values continued Wednesday at the National Assembly with the man behind the 2007 Herouxville saga.

Among those testifying, was former Herouxville town councillor Andre Drouin, who helped ban religious face coverings and stonings in his Mauricie town.

Drouin said the past seven years have been quite an education, for him, and that Bill 60 is long overdue.

“I believe it’s probably the first, well the best, thing that can happen to the province of Quebec now and I will dare at this – Canada will probably imitate us,” he said.

In 2007, the town of Herouxville famously passed a lifestyle code that including such points as banning religious face coverings and death by stoning.

Drouin said the Charter of Values will be very useful.

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Read more: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/bill-60-is-long-overdue-says-former-herouxville-councillor-1.1651965#ixzz2rNfhjPLP

1.800 suspect immigration fraudsters to be stripped of citizenship

INSTITUTE FOR CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP - Canadian Consensus1,800 suspected fraudsters just the first to be stripped of citizenship: experts
Postmedia News | 11/07/20 | Last Updated: 11/08/25 1:19 AM ET
By Althia Raj

OTTAWA– Immigration fraud is so widespread that the 1,800 Canadians suspected of fraudulently obtaining their citizenship represent only the tip of the iceberg, immigration experts say.

Postmedia News has learned that the federal government expects new investigations by police and the Citizenship and Immigration Department will lead to more fraud cases being exposed and additional attempts to revoke citizenships and kick fraudsters out of the country. Continue reading