MONTREAL, June 19, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canada Border Services Agency
(CBSA) has laid 61 charges against Carol Massoud, under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Criminal Code. Ms. Massoud appeared at the Montréal courthouse today.
Carol Massoud has been charged with inducing, aiding or abetting
individuals to misrepresent themselves to the Government of Canada for
immigration purposes, and with possessing property obtained by crime.
The charges relate to activities going as far back as April 2004. Ms.
Massoud has also been charged with acting as an immigration
representative for a fee without being authorized, providing false or
misleading information to encourage immigration to Canada, and making
written statements that she knew were false or misleading to procure
passports for other people.
An investigation conducted over a number of months concluded that Ms.
Massoud helped 30 families commit residency fraud, creating the
fictitious appearance of a Canadian residence for immigrants with
Canadian permanent resident status, for the purpose of maintaining that
status and obtaining Canadian citizenship.
"Immigration fraud is a criminal offence in Canada and damages the
integrity of our immigration system," said Benoît Chiquette, Regional
Director General, CBSA, Quebec Region. "The CBSA takes this issue very
seriously and works closely with its partners, such as Citizenship and
Immigration Canada and the Montréal Police Service, to identify,
investigate and prosecute those engaging in immigration fraud to the
full extent of the law."
The CBSA Criminal Investigations Division is responsible for conducting
investigations with respect to violations of the Customs Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and violations related to the importing of food, plants and animals
that are restricted or prohibited in Canada. CBSA officers investigate
border security offences, such as the use of fraudulent documents to
gain access to Canada and immigration misrepresentation.
To report immigration fraud in Canada or if you have any information on
individuals involved in such activity, call the Border Watch Toll-free
Line at 1-888-502-9060. All information is treated as confidential.
SOURCE CANADA BORDER SERVICES AGENCY
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