Minister Kenney Commends RCMP for Citizenship Fraud Investigation

Ottawa, May 2, 2013 — The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, made the following statement following news that the RCMP have arrested and charged a former citizenship judge, an immigration consultant, and the employee of an immigration consultant:

“I applaud the RCMP for their diligent work on this case and for sending a clear message that those who engage in citizenship fraud will be caught and feel the full strength of the law.

“By helping us identify cases of alleged fraud, the RCMP is contributing to the Government’s efforts to crack down on citizenship and residency fraud.

“Canadian citizenship is not for sale.  Canadians are generous and welcoming, but have no tolerance for those who lie or cheat to obtain Canadian citizenship, or their facilitators.

“The Government has taken unprecedented action to strengthen the value of Canadian citizenship and crack down on citizenship fraud.  This includes legislation that increased penalties for immigration consultants who break the law, and the introduction of a citizenship fraud tip line.

“I urge anyone who has information regarding citizenship fraud to call Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC) tip line to report it and help us protect the value of Canadian citizenship.”

The Government of Canada offers a tip line through the CIC Call Centre where tips on suspected citizenship fraud cases may be reported.

Cases involving false representation, fraud or knowingly concealing material circumstances in the citizenship process – for example, pretending to be present in Canada to meet the residence requirements for obtaining citizenship – should be referred to the citizenship fraud tip line at CIC’s Call Centre at 1-888-242-2100 (in Canada only, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local time, Monday through Friday). 

Tips may also be reported by e-mail at

For further information (media only), please contact:

Alexis Pavlich
Minister’s Office
Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Media Relations
Communications Branch
Citizenship and Immigration Canada

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