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Sandra Zaher is charged with immigration fraud. (CBC News)

Canada's Minister of Citizenship and Immigration commended the Windsor detachment of the RCMP after they charged an immigration lawyer with fraud Thursday.

A Windsor, Ont., lawyer and her assistant have been charged with immigration fraud.

The RCMP alleges the pair told clients to tell the Immigration and Refugee Board "fraudulent stories" to obtain refugee status.

"All levels of government and law enforcement must continue to work together to protect the integrity of Canada's immigration system," Jason Kenney said in a media release.

The two women were arrested Thursday after a two-month investigation.

Sandra Zaher and Diana Al-Masalkhi are charged with misrepresentation, counselling misrepresentation and fabricating evidence.

They are scheduled to appear in court April 26.