MONTREAL, Nov. 28, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ — The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today that
Spa-Manna Damsel Beaté Inc., a toiletry product retailer, was charged
at the Montréal Courthouse for hiring foreign nationals who were not
authorized to be employed under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. The business was fined $40,000.
The CBSA's investigation was subsequent to a CBSA operation in a
residential building in Gatineau, with the assistance of the joint
regional team on street gangs (Outaouais), on November 17, 2011.
This operation resulted in the arrest of 15 young foreign nationals
suspected of working illegally in Gatineau and Ottawa shopping centres.
They admitted to the Immigration and Refugee Board that they had worked
without previously requesting and obtaining authorization. They also
stated that they had worked for Spa-Manna Damsel Beaté Inc. and had
"Immigration fraud is a criminal offence in Canada and damages the
integrity of our immigration system," said Benoît Chiquette, Regional
Director General of CBSA, Quebec Region. "The CBSA takes this issue
very seriously and works to identify, investigate and prosecute those
engaging in immigration fraud to the full extent of the law."
To report immigration fraud in Canada, or if you have any information
regarding individuals involved in such activities, call the Border
Watch Toll-Free Line, at 1-888-502-9060. All calls are completely
SOURCE: Canada Border Services Agency
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