Winnipeg, Manitoba – The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today that it has laid charges against a 56-year-old Winnipeg man for allegedly committing fraud and acting as an unauthorized immigration consultant. Vladimir Bibilov faces three charges pursuant to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) for a total of 102 counts, and one charge pursuant to the Criminal Code totaling 34 counts. The alleged offences occurred between January 2009 and December 2015.
The CBSA alleges that Bibilov acted as a paid immigration consultant when he was not licensed to do so and fraudulently collected fees from clients. It is alleged that Bibilov misrepresented himself to foreign nationals with the promise to provide immigration services to Canada. It is also alleged he provided false and misleading information to induce or deter immigration to Canada.
Bibilov’s first court appearance is on Monday, December 19 in Winnipeg 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 illegitimately from our immigration system.” – Kim R. Scoville, Regional Director General, Canada Border Services Agency, Prairie Region
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.
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