Category Archives: Hispanic crime

Marriage fraud: Jorge Manuel Batista Gonzalez abandons Canadian wife upon arrival into Canada


Standen says she met Gonzalez on vacation at the Club Amigo resort in Guardalavaca in April 2010, where he worked as an entertainer.

Marriage to Cuban leaves Brampton bride brokenhearted — and broke
Erin Standen says the man she met in April 2010 vanished three days after finally joining her in Canada — an all-too-familiar story for Border Services.
By: Nicholas Keung Immigration reporter, Published on Thu Feb 07 2013

After Erin Standen married the man of her dreams a year ago, she showered him and his family in Cuba with love — and gifts.

In June, while waiting for the spousal sponsorship to come through in Havana, the 28-year-old Brampton single mother began renovating her basement apartment for their new life.

She ripped out the carpet, installed tile floors, bought a 47-inch big-screen TV and put in a $4,000 bedroom set, anticipating his arrival.

On Jan. 12, the long wait was finally over and Jorge Manuel Batista Gonzalez, 33, arrived at Pearson International Airport, embraced by an exhilarated Standen.

Three days later, Standen says, Gonzalez — after kissing her goodbye as she left for her waitressing job — walked out the door with all the clothes and other things she had bought for him, along with $1,000 tip money she had collected in the bedroom.

All that remained of him, she says, was a misspelled note on a crumpled napkin: “Sorry I don’t fell love anymore. Don’t lock for me. I’l be good. I will try to pay you back. Thank x Everithing. Jorge Manuel.” Continue reading

Langley: Linked to FMLN terrorist group, José Figueroa fighting deportation


Figueroa was ordered deported for belonging to the left-wing Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), a group linked to violent acts against the regime that ruled the country during the civil war from 1980 to 1992.

Rally for Langley man fighting deportation
By Dan Ferguson – Langley Times
Published: January 19, 2013 10:00 AM
Updated: January 22, 2013 11:01 AM

About 20 supporters of Langley resident José Figueroa and his fight against deportation staged a quiet rally outside the offices of Langley MP Mark Warawa Wednesday afternoon.

Figueroa attended the candlelight vigil and obtained an impromptu meeting with Warawa, who promised he will hand a letter from José and his wife Ivania to Public Safety minister Vic Toews in Ottawa.

“I will hand-deliver this to the minister on the 28th,” Warawa told Figueroa outside his office entrance. Continue reading

Alejandro Ernesto Solano-Aguilera arrested in connection with weekend stabbing at College and Spadina


Alejandro Ernesto Solano-Aguilera, 46.

Suspect arrested in connection with weekend stabbing at College and Spadina
Published on Monday December 17, 2012
Alejandro Ernesto Solano-Aguilera, 46.
Kim Magi and Touria Izri
Staff Reporters

Toronto police arrested and charged a man with attempted murder at a downtown shelter Sunday night.

Officers from 32 Division arrested the suspect at a homeless shelter around Peter and Queen Sts.The man was charged in connection with a Saturday morning stabbing near College St. and Spadina Ave. said Staff Sgt. Winston Bennett. Continue reading

Mississauga: Gustavo Valencia Gomez faces more charges in witchcraft case


Gustavo Valencia Gomez faces a new brace of charges.

Man faces more charges in witchcraft case
Published on Wednesday December 19, 2012
Gustavo Valencia Gomez faces a new brace of charges.
Kim Magi
Staff Reporter

A man charged with pretending to practise witchcraft and defrauding a Hamilton couple of nearly $8,000 has allegedly struck again, this time in Quebec.

An elderly Montreal couple was allegedly defrauded of $13,000 on Nov. 28 by a man claiming to be a “healer”, Toronto police said.

The day before, Gustavo Valencia Gomez, 40, of Mississauga, was arrested on four charges in Toronto, having been accused of similar acts. Continue reading

Convicted criminal Juan Carlos Cano Cifuentes suspect in series of armed robberies, sex assault and home invasions in Montreal


Suspect in a series of armed robberies and home invasions in Montreal. The suspect is Juan Carlos Cano Cifuentes, 30.

Man behind home invasions could be branded a dangerous offender
By Paul Cherry, GAZETTE CRIME REPORTER October 16, 2012 6:03 PM

Suspect in a series of armed robberies and home invasions in Montreal. The suspect is Juan Carlos Cano Cifuentes, 30.
Photograph by: Photo courtesy of Montreal police

MONTREAL — A Quebec Court Judge has ordered that a violent repeat offender — who started a string of six home invasions the day after he left a federal penitentiary — be evaluated as a potential dangerous offender. Continue reading

Bogus refugee claimants from safe countries abusing Canadian health care

Bogus refugee claimants from ‘safe’ countries abusing Canadian health care: Kenney
By Tobi Cohen, Postmedia News July 31, 2012

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney: ‘When you’re offering people free gold-plated medical services they can’t get in their country of origin, it’s just human nature.’

OTTAWA — Mexican, Hungarian, Colombian and American refugee claimants used Canadian health care services more than any other asylum claimants, according to new figures obtained by Postmedia News which the government argues supports its claim that so-called “bogus refugees” are abusing the system. Continue reading

Toronto: George Gonsalves Barriero granted permanent resident status in exchange of money

Immigration officer admits scam
By Sam Pazzano ,Toronto Sun 

First posted: Saturday, June 30, 2012 06:12 PM EDT | Updated: Saturday, June 30, 2012 09:30 PM EDT

TORONTO – A senior immigration officer admitted he accepted bribes from newcomers in exchange for status in Canada.

George Gonsalves Barriero, 55, collected $6,000 from two victims before he asked a third victim for $1,500. Instead of paying up, the third victim reported him to the police in 2010, said Crown attorney Ken Lockhart.

Barriero pleaded guilty to three counts of breach of trust of public office and three counts of defrauding the government of Canada this week. He has been suspended from his Citizen and Immigration Canada job at the Dundas St. W. office since being charged in December 2010. Continue reading

Minister Kenney’s Office releases statement regarding clichéd article in La Presse about Colombian bogus refugee Joanna Martinez

Minister Kenney’s Office releases statement regarding article in La Presse
Ottawa, June 12, 2012 — The Office of the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, released the following statement today regarding an article that appeared on Monday in La Presse:

On June 11, 2012, La Presse journalist Anabelle Nicoud wrote an article about Joanna Martinez. Ms. Nicoud did not approach CIC before writing the article.

Stories presenting only one side of a story can lead to public distrust of the rule of law. Factually incorrect or incomplete reporting usually leaves the impression that Canada’s refugee determination system is unjust or heartless. In fact, Canada has the most generous and fair refugee determination system in the world. Less than one per cent of the decisions made by the highly-trained adjudicators on the Immigration and Refugee Board are overturned by the federal courts on appeal. That is a remarkable record, and one of which Canadians should be proud.

In order to ensure that the reputation of our refugee determination system is not tarnished unfairly, we are releasing the full chronology of Ms. Martinez and her interactions with Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Although privacy laws generally forbid us from releasing such information, in this case Ms. Martinez has a long, public record in front of criminal and civil courts in Canada and the United States. We are releasing only the public information, which is still an incomplete picture of the case.

We are taking the unusual step of writing this public letter in order to remind journalists and the public alike that immigration stories are no different from any other news story: Journalists should present the complete story, and not simply rely on one person’s self-interested and uncorroborated account of events. Misleading stories on important subjects damage the public discourse in Canada.

Our request is simple: If you are a journalist writing about someone facing removal from Canada, please get a privacy waiver from the subject of your story so that we can provide the complete file to you. And if the subject of your story or their lawyer is refusing to provide you with a privacy waiver and the written decision from the Immigration and Refugee Board, you may want to ask them and yourself why they are refusing to do so.

Summary of facts:

Ms. Martinez is a fugitive, with a long criminal history in at least three states: New York, New Jersey and Florida.
She has used at least 15 (possibly as many as 20) different aliases in the past.
She has claimed at least nine different dates of birth ranging from August 8, 1970 to April 27, 1979.
She has also claimed various different places of birth.
She claimed refugee status in Canada, maintaining that her husband Fernando Suarez-Garcia was kidnapped by the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Force (FARC) and that her life was in danger in Colombia. Ms. Martinez has claimed various dates for the kidnapping, ranging from June 23, 2004 to July 29, 2004.
The IRB found that Ms. Martinez was not “credible.” Ms. Martinez could not satisfy the IRB that she and her family were actually in Colombia at the time of the claimed kidnapping.
The IRB found that Ms. Martinez could not answer direct questions and was inconsistent in her answers.
When asked about her arrival in Toronto on August 2, 2004, Ms. Martinez claimed that she enjoyed Toronto and that she remembers there being snow on the ground.
Fernando Suarez-Garcia, the husband of Ms. Martinez, has been found to be a member of a criminal organization specializing in jewellery and money theft in the Montreal area. Continue reading

Colombian family lives in Florida for over a decade, but applies for refugee status in Canada

Faidiver Durango with his wife Adrianna Belalcazar and sons Faidiver Durango Jr., left, and Kevin Santiago Durango. JULIE JOCSAK Standard Staff

Refugee ruling would separate family
By Karena Walter, The Standard 
Monday, June 11, 2012 12:22:05 EDT AM
Faidiver Durango with his wife Adrianna Belalcazar and sons Faidiver Durango Jr., left, and Kevin Santiago Durango. JULIE JOCSAK Standard Staff
ST. CATHARINES – A St. Catharines man whose wife and children were given refugee status because his work in Colombia put their lives in danger has been denied protection himself.

Faidiver Durango, a journalist, is fighting the decision, which could ultimately separate him from his family and send him back to the country where he fears for his life.

“I don’t understand how the law can say you have a high risk for your life, but you have to return to Colombia,” Durango said at his family’s Cushman Rd. townhouse. Continue reading

Brian Mendonca arrested in stabbing death of Khadeem Antoine

18-year-old arrested after stabbing death near Islington subway station

An 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death of Khadeem Antoine, 19.

Khadeem Antoine

Antoine was stabbed repeatedly in the chest late Thursday night and left to die near Islington subway station. As he lay bleeding he made a call to Jodie Foster, the mother of his 16-month-old son Elijah.

“Me and Khadeem were fighting a little bit before he got killed, so when he called it was really random,” said Foster. “He said ‘I got stabbed,’ and ‘I love you and I love Elijah.’ ”

Foster has Antoine’s name tattooed on her wrist, and he hers. She described him as someone who was “always laughing,” and who enjoyed spending time with his son.

Emergency crews found Antoine around 12:30 a.m. He was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Brian Mendonca, 18, of Mississauga, faces a charge of first degree murder in connection with the incident.

Mendonca was a friend of Antoine’s, according to Foster.