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Calgary woman charged for immigration fraud

posted Jan 29, 2011, 7:11 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Jan 29, 2011, 7:13 PM ]
Calgary, Alberta, January 17, 2011 — Following an eight-month investigation, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) charged Aminata Gnokane, 33, with seven counts under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA).

It is alleged that Ms. Gnokane acquired and used fraudulent identity documents to assist with a successful claim for refugee protection and to obtain permanent resident status. The CBSA's Criminal Investigations Division launched an official investigation into this case in April 2010 after the Agency received an anonymous tip.

In accordance with the IRPA, misrepresentation is punishable by a maximum of 5 years in prison and a $100,000 fine; the use of a passport and/or identity document to contravene the Act is punishable by up to 14 years in prison; and possession of a passport and/or identity document to contravene the Act is punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

A date for a first appearance in Calgary Provincial Court has been set for February 28, 2011.

For media information:
Sean Best
CBSA Communications
204-983-4665

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