MONTREAL, Oct. 3, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Recently, the Cour de Québec convicted Reha Ozcelik and Ecehan Ozcelik, both foreign nationals, and fined them $120,000 for false representation related to immigration matters. The couple pled guilty to the charges laid by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).
The CBSA charged the two individuals with making false representations on two separate occasions in order to fraudulently keep their permanent resident status, thereby contravening the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
"Immigration fraud is a criminal offence in Canada and damages the integrity of our immigration system," said Benoît Chiquette, Regional Director General of the 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."
The CBSA Criminal Investigations Division, Quebec Region, currently has a number of residency fraud investigations underway and will continue to pursue these types of cases as they come to the Agency's attention.
The CBSA Criminal Investigations Division is responsible for investigating offences under the Customs Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and for bringing violators to justice. CBSA investigators investigate border security offences, such as the use of fraudulent documents to gain access to Canada and immigration-related misrepresentation.
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 information is treated as confidential.
SOURCE: CANADA BORDER SERVICES AGENCY
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