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Senior Immigration Canada manager pleads not guilty in bribery scheme

posted Feb 10, 2012, 2:29 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Feb 10, 2012, 5:54 PM ]
Case alleges accused received money for fast-tracking residency applications
 
By Andrew Seymour, Ottawa Citizen January 24, 2012

Secretly recorded telephone calls and undercover police surveillance will paint a portrait of a senior Citizenship and Immigration Canada manager taking cash in exchange for preferential treatment on permanent residency applications, a prosecutor said Monday on the first day of a trial into an alleged bribes-for-status scheme.

Assistant Crown attorney Mike Boyce said Diane Serre teamed up with Issam Dakik to take thousands of dollars from mostly Arab immigrants in exchange for fast-tracking their applications. Dakik would meet with the applicants and collect the money before contacting Serre who would use her influence as a manager and supervisor in Citizenship and Immigration Canada's Catherine Street office, said Boyce.


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