Charlottetown siblings face multiple charges of immigration fraud

Charlottetown siblings face multiple charges of immigration fraud

May 9 2018 (Courtesy of CBC.ca)Two Charlottetown siblings have been charged with helping foreign nationals obtain permanent residency status by providing false information on their immigration papers. Ping Zhong, 60, is charged with three counts of aiding and abetting misrepresentation under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Her 58-year-old brother, Yi Zhong, faces five counts of the same charge. Colin Murchison, a criminal investigations manager for the Canadian Border Services Agency, told CBC News that the siblings…

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Police warn of ongoing ‘immigration scam’ in London

Police warn of ongoing ‘immigration scam’ in London

April 11,2018 (Courtesy of CTV.ca)London police are warning the public of an ongoing immigration scam in the city and throughout southwestern Ontario. Individuals receive a telephone call from someone claiming to be an employee of Immigration Canada. Citizens are provided information which causes them to believe they are the subject of an immigration investigation. The threat of arrest and/or deportation is used to convince the person to provide personal and financial information. In some cases,…

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Canadians continue to be fooled by website that mimics government agency

Canadians continue to be fooled by website that mimics government agency

Paying hundreds of dollars, Canadians share personal and passport information with online companies March 27, 2018 (Courtesy Of CBC.ca) –  More than a year after CBC Toronto wrote about a website that has Canadians sharing personal information, passports and credit card information, thinking they’re on a federal government site, clients continue to be duped by the company. Passport Online provides what it calls application services, to help Canadians fill out a form that’s available for free from…

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Burlington man charged with defrauding Syrian refugees in Qatar

Burlington man charged with defrauding Syrian refugees in Qatar

Police say they found 8 victim families who had sent funds to the man totaling more than $200,000 March 15, 2018 (courtesy of The Canadian Press) –  A 49-year-old Burlington man is facing fraud and money laundering charges on allegations he promised Syrian refugees living in Qatar he could get them sponsorship in Canada. Halton police fraud detectives have been investigating for three months after a Toronto community group heard complaints from victims’ relatives already…

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Federal Court asked to spare former clients of immigration consultant fraudster

Federal Court asked to spare former clients of immigration consultant fraudster

Xun “Sunny” Wang was convicted of immigration fraud in 2015. Now some of his clients are at risk of removal from Canada.   March 12, 2018 (courtesy of thestar.com) –  Former clients of an unlicensed consultant convicted in one of Canada’s biggest immigration scams have asked the court to spare them from being removed from Canada for “misrepresentation.” In a proposed class action application filed with the Federal Court last week, Chao Yuan Lin and…

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Thunder Bay police warn of immigration fraud scam after a series of complaints

Thunder Bay police warn of immigration fraud scam after a series of complaints

Thunder Bay police are warning the public about a sophisticated case of fraud targeting immigrants to Canada. In a release issued on Wednesday, police say a complainant reported a pair of simultaneous calls from people purporting to be a Canadian immigration agent and a police detective, the perpetrators going as far as setting up a caller ID indicating it was the Thunder Bay Police Service on the phone. According to the complainant, the so-called immigration…

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‘You’ll get a dead body’: Father was ‘distraught’ over international student’s fake kidnapping

‘You’ll get a dead body’: Father was ‘distraught’ over international student’s fake kidnapping

For three days last fall, Mike Zhang didn’t know if his daughter, Juanwen, was dead or alive. At home in China’s Xinjiang province, the businessman could not reach the 20-year-old student who was studying economics at the University of Toronto. Her phone was off and she wasn’t responding to his emails In an exclusive interview with CBC Toronto, Zhang recounted the horror and stress of being at the centre of a missing person investigation that involved multiple police…

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Scam victim prompts fraud warning from Chatham-Kent police

Scam victim prompts fraud warning from Chatham-Kent police

Chatham-Kent police are warning the public about a fraud scheme after a Chatham woman was scammed for $1,850. Police said the woman received several calls on Tuesday afternoon, including one claiming to be from Immigration Canada and claiming to be from a local police service. It appears as though the suspect(s) were fraudulently using legitimate numbers to make these calls via a process known as ‘spoofing,’ police said. The woman was told she had committed…

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Wealthy ‘ghost immigrants’ using empty homes to claim citizenship: tax expert

Wealthy ‘ghost immigrants’ using empty homes to claim citizenship: tax expert

Some foreign investors, particularly those from China, are taking advantage of Canadian loopholes to become ghost immigrants, according to David Lesperance, a tax and immigration consultant with Lesperance & Associates. Lesperance cites one recent judge’s decision from a lawsuit in which the judge said Chinese millionaire Guoqing Fu bought multiple multi-million-dollar homes in Canada while claiming just $97 in worldwide income on his taxes. The judge’s 600-page ruling in the case was posted online earlier…

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Peel Regional Police lay charges in immigration sponsorship fraud

Peel Regional Police lay charges in immigration sponsorship fraud

Regional Police investigators from the Fraud Bureau have charged a woman from Mississauga in relation to an immigration fraud targeting victims, particularly from Afghanistan. In July 2017, a person contacted police to report that they paid large sums of money to the Afghan Refugee Relief (ARR) organization to assist in sponsoring family members wishing to immigrate to Canada from Afghanistan. Sakia Mojadiddi, the head of the ARR, accepted money but never processed the paperwork through…

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