Officials looking for two years of house arrest and a $100,000 fine for Winnipeg man providing illegal immigration services

Officials looking for two years of house arrest and a $100,000 fine for Winnipeg man providing illegal immigration services

Justice officials are seeking a sentence of two years house arrest and a $100,000 fine for a Winnipeg man who provided what border officials described as an illegal “one-stop-shop immigration service.” Hae Suk Yoon, 68, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of providing paid immigration consulting services without a licence. Yoon was warned years before his arrest that he needed to be a registered immigration consultant in order to charge a fee for his services,…

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Winnipeg man facing three charges related to immigration fraud dating back to 2007

Winnipeg man facing three charges related to immigration fraud dating back to 2007

A Winnipeg man is facing three charges related to immigration fraud dating back to 2007. The Canada Border Services Agency alleges Alfredo Arrojado, who is 66, has been charged with acting as an immigration consultant without proper authorization. The agency also alleges he’s misrepresenting himself before the appeal division of the Immigration and Refugee Board so that he could remain in Manitoba. The alleged offences took place between August 2007 and April 2016. Arrojado is…

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Fort McMurray woman pleads guilty to immigration fraud

Fort McMurray woman pleads guilty to immigration fraud

A Fort McMurray, Alta. woman pleaded guilty on Wednesday to immigration fraud and acting as an authorized immigration consultant. Charie Santos pleaded guilty under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to representing people applying for status in Canada. The 44-year-old faces a fine of up to $100,000 and not more than two years in prison. According to a statement made by the Canadian Border Services Agency in January, the charges Santos pleaded guilty to involve…

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Toronto paralegal found guilty of defrauding immigrants ‘appears to be on the run’

Toronto paralegal found guilty of defrauding immigrants ‘appears to be on the run’

A Toronto paralegal has been found guilty by the legal profession’s watchdog of defrauding clients of over $1 million and providing immigration services for which he was not licensed. Victor Manuel Castillo Garcia, who was licensed as a paralegal by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2010, worked with clients from around the world — including Taiwan, Cuba, El Salvador, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Peru — for their permanent residence and work permit applications….

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A Winnipeg man used ties to a Russian Cultural Association to defraud clients

A Winnipeg man used ties to a Russian Cultural Association to defraud clients

A Winnipeg man used his ties to the Russian Cultural Association of Manitoba to help defraud dozens of would-be immigrants, according to court documents. Vladmir Bibilov was charged with 136 counts related to immigration fraud in December by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), in one of the largest cases of alleged immigration fraud in Manitoba’s history. The 56-year-old is accused of bilking thousands of dollars from clients over the span of six years, promising…

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Former Nazi Helmut Oberlander stripped of citizenship – again

Former Nazi Helmut Oberlander stripped of citizenship – again

Canada has once again stripped Helmut Oberlander, 93, of his citizenship for serving in a Nazi death squad and lying about it to enter Canada. It’s the fourth time the government has taken this step after Oberlander defeated the government in court three times to restore his citizenship. For the fourth time Oberlander is going to court to overturn the political decision, made this time by the federal cabinet of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “We…

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Federal Court voids Canadian citizenship revocation for 312 people

Federal Court voids Canadian citizenship revocation for 312 people

The Federal Court has nullified government attempts to strip Canadian citizenship from more than 300 people after an earlier judgment struck down key provisions of the Citizenship Act introduced by the former Conservative government under Stephen Harper. The earlier ruling, in May, declared those provisions inoperative because they were an expedited process that deprived individuals of the right to an oral hearing and did not take into account humanitarian and compassionate considerations. As a result,…

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Pembina Trails School Division used fraudulent immigration consultant

Pembina Trails School Division used fraudulent immigration consultant

A Winnipeg man charged by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) in September for fraud was listed as a recruiter for Pembina Trails School Division, a community in Winnipeg, as part of its international student program up until last week. Hae Suk Yoon was charged by the CBSA last year with five charges under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and one under the Criminal Code for the offences, which allegedly occurred between March 2009…

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Cash-for-jobs Chinese immigration scheme

Cash-for-jobs Chinese immigration scheme

In his 30 years as a Chinese immigration expert, Richard Kurland said he’s only ever heard rumours of people paying money for job offers to foreign nationals. “It’s almost the stuff of immigration legendary myth that there are envelopes of cash being passed around for offers of employment in Canada,” said the Vancouver-based lawyer and immigration policy analyst. But he said a case CBC recently uncovered in Saskatchewan is “the first time on record someone was caught”…

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Canada just increased data sharing with international partners

Canada just increased data sharing with international partners

In an effort to thwart immigration fraud and speed up visa application processing, personal details about Canadian residents and visitors will now be automatically available to official partners in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom. Under an expansion of the “Five Eyes” spy system, Canada will gain access to documents in the immigration systems of the other four countries to automatically screen applicants for Canadian work permits, study permits, travel visas, refugee…

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