Minister Kenney applauds RCMP for immigration fraud charges

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Ottawa, March 30, 2012 — Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney offered his appreciation today to the Windsor detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for charges laid against an immigration lawyer and her assistant for allegedly counseling individuals to misrepresent themselves to the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB).

In their ongoing efforts to investigate immigration fraud, the RCMP has charged Windsor lawyer Sandra Zaher and her assistant, Diana Al-Masalkhi, for allegedly counseling individuals to make refugee eligibility claims based on fraudulent stories, in violation of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA).

“I commend the outstanding work of the Windsor Detachment of the RCMP which resulted in these charges being laid,” said Minister Kenney. “All levels of government and law enforcement must continue to work together to protect the integrity of Canada’s immigration system.”

Charged with a number of criminal code offences, Zaher and Al-Masalkhi will appear in Windsor court on April 26, 2012.

CIC encourages Canadians to report immigration fraud by calling the Border Watch Tip Line at 1-888-502-9060.

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Ana Curic
Minister’s Office
Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Media Relations
Communications Branch
Citizenship and Immigration Canada

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