Minister Kenney Applauds RCMP for Immigration Fraud Charges

Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney offered his
appreciation today to the Windsor detachment of the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police (RCMP) for charges laid against an immigration lawyer
and her assistant for allegedly counseling individuals to
misrepresent themselves to the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB).

In their ongoing efforts to investigate immigration fraud, the RCMP
has charged Windsor lawyer Sandra Zaher and her assistant, Diana
Al-Masalkhi, for allegedly counseling individuals to make refugee
eligibility claims based on fraudulent stories, in violation of the
Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA).

“I commend the outstanding work of the Windsor Detachment of the RCMP
which resulted in these charges being laid,” said Minister Kenney.
“All levels of government and law enforcement must continue to work
together to protect the integrity of Canada’s immigration system.”

Charged with a number of criminal code offences, Zaher and
Al-Masalkhi will appear in Windsor court on April 26, 2012.

CIC encourages Canadians to report immigration fraud by calling the
Border Watch Tip Line at 1-888-502-9060.