By The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG – A Manitoba man is facing charges for allegedly committing fraud and acting as an unauthorized immigration consultant.
The Canada Border Services Agency says Hae Suk Yoon, 66, of Winnipeg faces five counts under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and one under the Criminal Code.
The agency alleges that between March 31, 2009, and Nov. 4, 2014, Yoon acted as a paid immigration consultant when he was not licensed to do so.
It said he both misrepresented and counselled foreign nationals to lie about material facts to immigration officials.
“The majority of the applicants were from Korea and worked in the service industry,” border services spokesman Luke Reimer said Friday. “Some of the foreign nationals he dealt with are still in Canada, while others have left.”
The charges follow an investigation launched by the agency in February 2012 based on a tip.
“It lists the charges occurring at or near Winnipeg. The scope of our investigation focused primarily on Manitoba,” said Reimer.
Yoon appeared in court on Monday and is to come before a judge again on Oct. 31.
He is charged under the Criminal Code with possessing $5,000 or more in proceeds obtained by committing an indictable offence. The one count alone carries a maximum prison term of 14 years, if found guilty.
Charges laid under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act carry maximum fines ranging from $50,000 to $100,000 and/or jail terms of two to five years.
Reimer said the case marks the second time the agency has laid charges related to immigration consulting in Manitoba.
In October 2012, Bradley Jacobson pleaded guilty to three counts under the act and three under the Criminal Code. A Winnipeg provincial court judge sentenced him to four years and six months behind bars, a restitution order of $381,600 and forfeiture of the seized evidence.
Reimer said similar cases have cropped up in other parts of Canada.
“We’ve laid charges in Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Regina. These cases do occur and the CBSA will prosecute them.”