Toronto police investigating alleged immigration-employment fraud
TORONTO- A 46-year old Toronto man has been arrested and charged with operating an alleged fraudulent business offering immigration/employment opportunities to residents in Canada for friends and family members living in the Philippines.
An ongoing investigation by the Toronto Police Financial Crimes Unit, in association with the Toronto Strategic Partnership (a multi law enforcement agency response to mass marketing frauds), found that between August 2009 and September 2010 the suspect, Marion Navalta Valdez, charged victims a $1,000 fee up front to cover the administrative costs of completing the immigration application procedures.
The applications were never submitted and the victims were stalled for months with various excuses as to why the applicants could not obtain their immigration permits.
Valdez faces ten charges of fraud and will appear at the College Park court on May 5.
Investigators believe there may be more victims and have asked anyone with information to contact police at 46-808-7300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your messahe to CRIMES(274637), or Leave a Tip on Facebook.