Fort McMurray woman pleads guilty to immigration fraud

A Fort McMurray woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to immigration fraud and acting as an unauthorized immigration consultant.

Charie Santos pleaded guilty under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to representing people applying for status in Canada.

The 44-year-old entered a guilty plea in Fort McMurray provincial court.

She faces a fine of up to $100,000 and not more than two years imprisonment.

Santos helped people with their permanent residence applications and helped individuals and businesses file labour market impact assessments, according to a January news release from the Canadian Border Services Agency.

The CBSA said 11 people and nine business owners “were affected by her consulting services” between June 2011 and January 2014.

“The CBSA takes immigration fraud very seriously and is committed to fully investigating and prosecuting those who violate our laws and seek to profit illegitimately from our immigration system,” Kim Scoville, regional director general for the CBSA’s Prairie region, said in the news release. 

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