A Fort McMurray, Alta. woman pleaded guilty on Wednesday to immigration fraud and acting as an authorized immigration consultant.
Charie Santos pleaded guilty under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to representing people applying for status in Canada.
The 44-year-old faces a fine of up to $100,000 and not more than two years in prison.
According to a statement made by the Canadian Border Services Agency in January, the charges Santos pleaded guilty to involve permanent residence applications and labour market impact assessments, a document businesses may need to prove they have hired foreign workers to fill vacancies.
The CBSA said 11 people and nine business owners “were affected by her consulting services” between June 2011 and January 2014.
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