Alleged au pair scheme nets charges against B.C. woman
Lisa Large, of Chilliwack, accused of bringing nannies to Canada without work permits
The owner of a Chilliwack nanny agency is accused of counselling foreign women entering Canada to work to lie to authorities about the purpose of their visits.
The Canada Border Services Agency has charged Elizabeth "Lisa" Large in connection with a nanny scheme authorities say ran from April 2007 to April 2013. Court documents suggest several young women were deported after being caught at Vancouver International Airport lying about their reasons for coming to Canada.
According to a search warrant filed in Chilliwack in 2010, the investigation into the au pair scheme began at YVR in 2008.
A young French woman claimed she was coming to Vancouver to visit her mother's friend. She had no address or phone number for the friend, but ultimately supplied an email allegedly signed by Lisa telling her to say she was on holidays and not in Canada to do any babysitting.
Customs and immigrations officials then began what turned into a five-year investigation. Officers allegedly found similar correspondence in the possession of half a dozen other would-be nannies who were trying to work in Canada without a permit. Some were deported.
Agents seized files from Large's agency — doing business either as Au Pair Canada, International Au Pair or International Homestays — pertaining to dozens of other au pairs from all over the world.
Large now faces three immigration-related charges of counselling people to lie to border agents and one charge related to helping a foreign national work illegally in Canada.
She is scheduled to appear in court in Chilliwack on June 25.
Large could not be reached for comment. The Canada Border Services Agency declined to comment.
With files from the CBC's Jason Proctor