TORONTO, July 18, 2014 /CNW/ - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Serious and Organized Crime Section, in partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) - Passport Program, have charged a former (CIC) -passport program employee with Breach of Trust.
In March of 2013, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) RCMP was contacted by CIC - Passport Program investigators who suspected one of their employees of processing a number of fraudulent passport applications. It was alleged that the actions of a former CIC employee resulted in twenty-two people having been able to fraudulently obtain Canadian passports using false names and other false identification.
On July 17, 2014, as a result of this investigation, the RCMP arrested Aline Rozeline ZEITOUNE (50 years old of Toronto, Ontario). ZEITOUNE has been charged with:
- Breach of Trust charge under section 122 of the Criminal Code
- 96 additional charges that include multiple counts under section 56.1(1), section 57(1), section 57 (2), and section 368 (1) (a) under the Criminal Code.
To date, four other people have been charged with passport offences under section 57 of the Criminal Code in relation to this investigation.
ZEITOUNE is currently in custody and is scheduled to appear before a justice today at the Toronto Courthouse at 444 Yonge Street in Toronto.
"Criminals will go to great lengths to obtain fake or fraudulent passports to allow them the freedom to travel throughout the world," said Sgt. Louie Casale of the Toronto West Serious and Organized Crime Team. "It is very important to maintain the reputation of the Canadian passport and the RCMP will diligently investigate those responsible for passport fraud."
Anyone with information in regards to this investigation is asked to contact the Ontario RCMP at 1-800-387-0020, your local police or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
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