Toronto-area residents face 37 charges in immigration fraud case
The Canadian Press Posted: Jul 15, 2015 11:56 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 15, 2015 11:56 AM ET
Canada Border Services Agency says three Toronto-area residents face a total of 37 charges in an immigration fraud case. (CBC)
Three Toronto-area residents have been charged in an immigration fraud case by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).
They were charged with several offences under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
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Investigators allege Eliza Lazaro and Cecilia Bautista, also known as Cecilia Agtarap, acted as unauthorized immigration consultants, and provided false information to clients and government officials in order to obtain Canadian visas.
They also allege Lazaro’s husband, Bernabe Lazaro, assisted by providing false information in order to obtain visas.
CBSA alleges Eliza Lazaro has been operating as an unlicensed immigration consultant since 2009.
A total of 37 charges were laid in the case, including misrepresentation and human trafficking.
All three accused appeared in Brampton court last Wednesday.