39 charged in fake marriage immigration scam

Toronto Sun:
39 charged in fake marriage immigration scam

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MONTREAL – The RCMP has charged 39 people in an alleged bogus-marriage immigration scam that helped North African men stay in Canada illegally.

Amadou Niang, the alleged ringleader, was scheduled to appear at the Montreal courthouse Tuesday. The 39 alleged co-conspirators are to appear on Oct. 16.

Police say Niang was a bogus immigration consultant who would suggest that clients file false immigration requests to stay in Canada after their visas expired.

He was charged in January after Montreal-area women were allegedly paid to marry North African men, RCMP Const. Erique Gasse said Tuesday.

“These (suspects) would be the Canadian women who are appearing in court because it was not a real marriage, it was bogus,” he said.

The marriages allowed Niang’s clients to stay in Canada illegally, police said.
Niang, 55, was arrested at Trudeau airport in October 2009 and police seized bogus immigration documents.

Police said there were 315 fake marriages involving more than 630 people.

The Mounties then launched the broader investigation, dubbed Project Conjugal, to find those involved.

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