The Famous BC Immigration Fraud Case: Clients of the Fraudster are ‘far from being victims’, Says Canadian Government
Posted on : Thu, Jun 28 2018
The biggest immigration scam in Canada is of B.C consultant ‘New Can Consultants Ltd. And Wellong International Investment Ltd.’ situated in downtown Vancouver and Richmond, B.C respectively for pleading guilty to multiple fraud-related charges. The main culprit Xun “Sunny” Wang, an unlicensed immigration consultant providing Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status to thousands of Chinese immigrants by making it appear as if his clients had spent the required number of days in Canada, when, in fact, they had not.
To explain the scam further, Wang altered the clients’ passports by typically adding fake and exit entry stamps. To further prove his clients were living in Canada, fake letters of employment or school admission letters were created.
The client of the said consultant says that they have no knowledge of his fraudulent activity but federal government says they are “far from being victims”.
Wang was sentenced to seven years in jail in 2015 and fined $900,000 after pleading guilty to multiple fraud charges. Additionally, three of Wang’s employees also received jail time and fines for their contribution in the elaborate scheme.
The Canada Border Services Agency said it was “the single largest investigation of immigration fraud in British Columbia’s history” and distinguished some 1,600 clients that have paid Wang about $10 million for fraudulent services.
Digging deep through the list of Wang’s clients to identify the individuals who misrepresented themselves in order to obtain or maintain permanent resident status in Canada, CBSA’s Inland Enforcement Section found more than 500 flagged for possible inadmissibility.
According to immigration lawyer Lawrence Wong, some clients have subsequently received removal orders; those living out of Canada have given up their permanent resident status, while others are waiting for hearing and appeals. Very few have appealed on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
Wong believes that government is unfairly bringing together individuals who have knowingly conspired with Wang to betray government and those unaware of the fraud. He strongly urged that efforts have to be made to separate complicit and non-complicit victims.
Earlier this year, Wong went to federal court to file an application on behalf of Wang’s two former clients- Chao Yuan and Xiang Zhou- whose admissibility to Canada was challenged. Both of them hold Canada PR since 2000 and 2004 respectively. They hired Wong to renew their PR cards.
Wong is seeking to certify the case as class section asking the court to declare that the government has misapplied the law.
If the government opposes Wong decision and removes Lin, Zhou and other former clients of Wang from Canada, “the consequences could be devastating as many of these clients have Canadian spouses or Canadian-born young children”.
But in an aggressively worded response filed this month, federal lawyers said the applicants were “clearly complicit in the fraud against the immigration system and as such, do not come to this court with clean hands.”
The lawyer further said, “Whether they knew the consultant’s actual machinations or the exact nature of his scheme is irrelevant; they stood to benefit significantly from them, and now seek to maintain that benefit by suggesting that they are innocent victims.”
The clients weredisobediently blind to what was going on, the federal lawyers further wrote.
In the meantime, Wang, the fake immigration consultant is no longer in custody after being granted full parole in late 2017. The decision made by parole board says, while they were concerned about the “depth and breadth” of his offences and apprehensive about his hiding money and avoiding paying his fines, Wang was a first-time federal offender with no known ties to organized crime or violence.
He was released in the following context: that he not associated with anyone believed to be involved in criminal activity; allow his parole supervisor to keep tabs on his finances; and remain gainfully employed or go back to school.
SOURCE: NATIONAL POST