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Immigration 'fixer' asked family for cash

posted Feb 10, 2012, 6:19 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Feb 10, 2012, 6:19 PM ]
Official helped get work permits in exchange for $4,500, trial hears
By Matthew Pearson, Ottawa Citizen February 2, 2012

A Syrian family paid an immigration fixer $4,500 in cash to arrange work permits after their application was rejected by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, an Ottawa court heard Wednesday.

The evidence was presented in the trial of a senior bureaucrat accused of using her influence to fast-track applications in exchange for money.

Diane Serre is accused of teaming with Issam Dakik to take money from mostly Arab immigrants in exchange for speeding their applications.

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