Edmonton, Alberta – On May 9, 2017, Seong Yong Park, also known as David Park, plead guilty to three offences in violation of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). The Edmonton man was charged for acting as an unauthorized immigration consultant through his company and inducing at least 20 foreign nationals to come to Canada for employment under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
Between 2012 and 2014, Park fraudulently collected fees from his clients and secured employment for these individuals without authorization by communicating false or misleading information. As part of his services, he also unlawfully assisted businesses with obtaining Labour Market Impact Assessments (previously known as Labour Market Opinions).
Park’s sentencing will take place on May 24, 2017 in Edmonton Provincial Court.
“The CBSA takes immigration fraud very seriously and is committed to fully investigating and prosecuting those who violate our laws and seek to profit illegally from our immigration system.” – Kim R. Scoville, Regional Director General, Canada Border Services Agency, Prairie Region
- In 2016, there were three significant IRPA charges in Edmonton.
- The CBSA is responsible for enforcing the IRPA and investigates cases of immigration consultant fraud, human smuggling, marriages of convenience, immigration document fraud, and employing foreign nationals without authorization.
- Members of the public can play a key role in keeping our border safe. If you have information about suspicious cross-border activity or immigration-related offences, please contact the CBSA’s Border Watch Toll-free Line at 1-888-502-9060. All information is treated as confidential.
- Employers and employees are reminded that contraventions of IRPA regulations can lead to criminal prosecution.
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