Ottawa man sentenced to over 3.5 years for immigration fraud

CBSA

An Ottawa man has been sentenced to 43 and a half months in prison for filing dozens of fraudulent refugee sponsorship applications.

54-year-old Mohamed Farah Abdulle was found guilty last year of five offences under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, including forging documents and bribery.

The Canada Border Services Agency says Abdulle's conviction follows a complex investigation called Project Vista that was launched back in 2010.

The CBSA says he filed over 170 sponsorship applications for more than 528 people and collected a fee from them for his services ... the fraudulent sponsorship applications were then used to help people get into the country.

"This conviction sends an important message to anyone considering immigration fraud," said CBSA Enforcement and Intelligence Operation s Division Director Jeff Davidson in a release. "The CBSA is committed to ensuring that the integrity of Canada’s immigration system is not compromised by individuals intending to profit from these crimes at the expense of legitimate immigrants seeking to live in Canada."

The CBSA says it became aware of the scheme after receiving a tip from a person whose identity was used without their consent to support sponsorship applications.