Nova Scotia

Immigration fraud charges for Halifax man

A Halifax man has been charged with helping foreign nationals fraudulently become Canadian residents and citizens.
The Canadian Commercial Group's office is on the Bedford Highway in Halifax. (Google Streetview)

A Halifax man has been charged with helping foreign nationals fraudulently become Canadian residents and citizens.

RCMP say they investigated Hassan Al-Awaid, 57, after a tip from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Police say Al-Awaid was counselling and assisting foreigners through fraudulent means to obtain permanent residence status and Canadian citizenship.  

Al-Awaid is the president of Canadian Commercial Group, a company offering help to immigrants. He faces 53 charges, including 22 counts of counselling/misrepresentation, 22 counts of misrepresentation, and nine counts of false representation under the Citizenship Act.

According to the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies, Canadian Commercial Group is based at 1160 Bedford Highway and was previously known as Hala International Consulting Group. It incorporated in 1994.

"This case is an excellent example of collaboration between agencies and demonstrates how, working together with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, we disrupted an organized crime group," said Staff Sgt. Terry Quinn.

Al-Awaid is due in Halifax provincial court at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

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