Hundreds of immigrants obtained Canadian citizenship or permanent residence with the help of an unlicensed immigration consultant in Metro Vancouver who made millions altering passports, the National Post reported.
Xun “Sunny” Wang appeared at a sentencing hearing in provincial court in Vancouver last week after pleading guilty to eight charges in connection with his immigration businesses.
Wang stamped his clients’ Chinese passports with fake Canada immigration visas.
Some claimed permanent residency, and others went on to apply for citizenship using the stamps as evidence they had resided in Canada for the period necessary to qualify.
Federal Crown counsel Bruce Harper was quoted as saying “definitely many, many hundreds” and possibly “well over 1,000” of Wang’s clients obtained Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status using Wang’s services.
“There are certainly a great number of individuals whose status in Canada, whether permanent residence or citizenship, is now in question,” Harper said.
Wang served more than 1,000 customers between 2006 and 2013, charging them more than C$10 million (US$7.56 million) in total, the court heard.
Along with six counts under the Criminal Code and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, Wang pleaded guilty to two counts under the Income Tax Act, including failing to report C$2,722,305 of taxable income from 2007 to 2012.
Wang also claimed several thousand dollars of low-income tax benefits between 2008 and 2013, which Harper compared to robbing a bank and then stealing the charitable donation box on the way out.
Prosecutors sought a sentence of seven-and-a-half years.
“The nature of this fraud is beyond any of the precedents,” said Harper.
“You aren’t going to find another case of this magnitude.”
Wang’s clients, Harper said, “are not the refugees we’re reading about in the paper in the last week”, but instead “well-to-do” foreign nationals willing to pay for fraud to get into Canada.
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