RCMP Commended for Laying Citizenship and Immigration Fraud Charges

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Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration minister commended the Nova Scotia Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for investigating immigration fraud.

“I want to applaud the outstanding work done by RCMP investigators in this matter,” said Alexander. “To those who would lie or misrepresent themselves to the Government, consider this a warning that we will continue to apply the full strength of Canadian law and crack down on citizenship fraud.”

Basem Farid Awaad of Bedford will appear in Halifax Provincial court on December 5th, 2013 after facing being charged with a number of criminal code offences including misrepresentation and false representation.

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).

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