Police in Mississauga looking for victims of alleged immigration scam

By on October 22, 2017


They say after the applicants learned the paperwork was never processed, the accused refused to give them the funds back, allegedly defrauding people of about $40,000. (Photo: Keith Allison/ Flickr)
They say after the applicants learned the paperwork was never processed, the accused refused to give them the funds back, allegedly defrauding people of about $40,000. (Photo: Keith Allison/ Flickr)

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.— Police outside of Toronto are looking for more potential victims in an alleged immigration scam targeting people from Afghanistan.

Peel Regional Police say a woman was charged in late August after several people reported that they paid large sums of money to the “Afghan Refugee Relief Organization” to help them sponsor family members to come to Canada.

They allege the accused, who said she was the head of the organization, accepted money but never processed the paperwork through the Canada Border Services Agency or Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

They say after the applicants learned the paperwork was never processed, the accused refused to give them the funds back, allegedly defrauding people of about $40,000.

The accused, a 61-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., was charged with three counts of fraud over $5,000 and possession of proceeds obtained by crime.

Police are asking anyone else who may have been affected to come forward.