Winnipeg man charged with immigration fraud

A Winnipeg man is charged with committing immigration fraud for allegedly acting as a consultant when he wasn't licensed to do so.

Faces 5 charges under Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, 1 under Criminal Code

A Winnipeg man allegedly acted as a paid immigration consultant and instructed foreign nationals on how to misrepresent facts to immigration officials, according to the Canada Border Services Agency. (CBSA)

A Winnipeg man is charged with committing immigration fraud for allegedly acting as a consultant when he wasn't licensed to do so.

Hae Suk Yoon faces five charges under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and one under the Criminal Code for the alleged offences, which occurred between March 31, 2009, and Nov. 4, 2014, the Canada Border Services Agency said.

Yoon allegedly acted as a paid immigration consultant and, in addition to his own misrepresentation, instructed foreign nationals on how to misrepresent facts to immigration officials, border services officials allege. The CBSA launched an investigation in February 2012 after getting a tip.

Yoon is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 31.

"The CBSA has a zero-tolerance policy toward individuals who exploit the immigration system for personal gain," said Kim Scoville, regional director general of the CBSA's Prairie region.

"By investigating alleged fraud cases, we protect Canadians as well as foreign nationals seeking to live and work in Canada through legitimate means."