This is, sadly, all too common: people look for shortcuts, then fall prey to unscrupulous "consultants" who are unlicensed and make outlandish promises.
Advice to all applicants: hire a competent, experienced lawyer. Good legal representation costs money but in the end, it saves headaches.
Man charged for running bogus immigration and employment agency - thestar.com
Man charged for running bogus immigration and employment agency
Published On Thu Apr 21
A 46-year-old man is facing charges for allegedly running a fraudulent business that targeted prospective immigrants searching for employment and citizenship in Canada.
Police said the bogus business was run from August 2009 to September 2010 and targeted people hoping to bring over friends and family from the Philippines.
The man offered job opportunities and immigration possibilities to people at a cost of $1,000 per person.
Clients faced months-long delays and were given numerous excuses explaining why the agency could not get the proper immigration documents, said police.
Marion Navalta Valdez, of Toronto, faces three counts of fraud over $5,000 and seven counts of fraud under $5,000.
Police suspect there may be more victims.
Anyone with more information is being urged to contact police at 416-808-7300 or anonymously at Crime Stoppers 416-222-TIPS (8477).