Manitoba

Winnipeggers charged with immigration fraud

Two Winnipeg men have been charged with an immigration scheme that lured foreign workers to Canada.

Two Winnipeg men have been charged with an immigration scheme that lured foreign workers to Canada.

The Canada Border Services Agency said Bradley Jacobson and Kendall Schmidt developed fake businesses and submitted false documents that targeted more than 300 foreign nationals.

"They were developing these false businesses and submitting false documents in order to bring these victims into Canada and the victims would have been paying for these services," said CBSA spokesman Sean Best.

Jacobson is a former immigration representative with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council.

Both men face various charges under the Criminal Code and Refugee Protection Act.

Schmidt has been granted bail and Jacobsen has a bail hearing on Tuesday. He also faces similar charges dating back to 2010, said Best.

Officials launched an investigation in February after receiving a complaint.

Search warrants were executed at their homes last week and further evidence was seized.