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Former immigration consultant involved in passport fraud sentenced to 20 months in prison

Vancouver (August 12, 2019) – Xiao Feng ‘Heki’ He has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for playing a key role in B.C.’s largest immigration fraud according to the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBAS). Additionally, the B.C. provincial court ordered a fine of $44,659 for unpaid taxes. Between 2008 and 2011, He was working as an unlicensed immigration consultant for New Can Consultants and Wellong International Investments where he faked documents and applications to skirt immigration requirements, according to Global News.

He pleaded guilty to one charge each of fraud, forgery, and tax evasion, and four charges under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Despite his confession, the court decided for a more severe sentence because of his key part in the fraud scheme and his heavy involvement in the operation of the New Can’s office in China. He’s fraudulent activities to cheat Canadian immigration requirements include passport fraud and misrepresentation offenses related to 151 Chinese clients. The company received about $1.2 million of revenue for these services.

He is the ninth individual who has been sentenced in connection with the passport scheme. In total, more than 1,600 people used the fraudulent immigration services and paid over $10 million between 2006 and 2013. The clients engaged the company in order to obtain residency and Canadian citizenship. To meet Canadian immigration requirements, New Can faked passport entries, job offers, and Canadian home addresses, CBC News reported.

As a consequence, already more than 1,000 former New Can clients have lost their immigration status in Canada or are in the process of having their admissibility checked.