Woman Sentenced To Once Year House Arrest for Immigration Fraud

A woman in Calgary has been sentenced to one year of house arrest after being convicted of immigration fraud for misrepresenting herself. The woman used a false identity to make a refugee claim, and ended up pleading guilty to her charge. Immigration Fraud

It was a public tip that led the Canada Border Services Agency’s Criminal Investigations Section to begin looking into the case in spring of 2009. They found that to woman, Aminata Gnokane, had already filed a refugee claim in the city of Montreal. Her previous refugee claim had been denied.

She used a fake identity to file a refugee claim in the city of Calgary, going on to apply for permanent resident status.

Prevented from obtaining Canadian Citizenship

The Canada Border Services Agency was able to prevent the woman from obtaining Canadian Citizenship and then charged her in January of 2011 with seven different offenses related to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
Let this be a lesson that while it may take some time, obtaining permanent residency status fraudulently or misrepresenting yourself to obtain any kind of status in Canada can land you in some serious trouble.

In addition, misrepresenting yourself in the immigration system can have long-lasting effects. It is one of the criteria that can render you inadmissible to Canada as well as the United States. Even though the misrepresentation occurred in Canada, the United States is able to search through Canadian immigration databases.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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