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B.C.: Richmond man investigated on suspicion of advising hundreds of people to lie on citizenship applications

Immigration fraud in Western Canada remains steady

There were 31 cases last year

Martin MacMahon

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Last week we learned a Richmond man is being investigated on suspicion of advising hundreds of people to lie on citizenship applications.

But just how often does immigration fraud happen in Western Canada?

“On the immigration side of things, we see a variety of different cases that range from human smuggling, to immigration consultant fraud, marriages of convenience and hiring foreign nationals without authorization,” says Harold Wuigk with the Canada Border Services Agency.

There were 31 cases of immigration fraud last year, and we’re on track for a similar number, with 29 investigations under way in 2014, according to the CBSA.

“That can range from things like altering passports to show false immigration records, altering applications that come into Citizenship and Immigration Canada,” says Wuigk.

Those who attempt immigration fraud can get hit with severe penalties, with cases involving manipulation of passports holding maximum prison sentences of 14 years.

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