Brampton (January 28, 2020) – The Peel police arrested Artem Djukic, a registered immigration consultant in Mississauga, for immigration fraud on January 22. Between November 2006 and February 2019, he allegedly agreed to process immigration services for several victims approximately worth $95,000, which he never completed. Subsequently, Djukic has been charged with Defrauding the Public. Investigators believe that there may be more victims.
A registered immigration consultant who worked in the Greater Toronto Area is accused of immigration fraud. The Peel Regional Police Fraud Bureau arrested and charged Artem Djukic for allegedly defrauding people looking for immigration related services, according to a press release of January 24.
$95,000 immigration fraud
The 55-year-old man from Brampton operated Soko Immigration and Consulting Services at 5660 McAdam Road in Mississauga. He is alleged of receiving money from several victims for immigration services he never completed in the period of November 2016 to February 2019.
The Peel police said it is believed that he agreed to file immigration applications on behalf of people and, or their family members residing out of the country. Djukic allegedly encouraged them to pay in cash for his services. Eventually, the victims found out that no work was ever completed. At this time, he ceased all communication with them. This way, Djukic allegedly defrauded his clients out of approximately $95,000.
‘People in vulnerable situations are taken advantage of for the profit of the fraudster’
On January 22, the Peel police arrested and charged Djukic with Defrauding the Public. He was later released with conditions and he will be attending the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton on February 24.
‘In many Fraud related cases, people in vulnerable situations are coerced, manipulated and taken advantage of for the profit of the fraudster,’ police pointed out in the release. Investigators believe that there may be more victims and encourage them to come forward.
Anyone with information is asked to call investigators with the Fraud Bureau at (905) 453–2121, ext. 3335. Anonymous information may also be submitted by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca.