Ottawa (February 25, 2020) – The Ottawa police arrested (David) Kwok Fai Kwan, (Alice) Pui-Yan Kwan, and (Raymond) Kwok Wing Kwand for allegedly wrangle more than half a million in an immigration scheme. On February 14, the two men and the woman from Ottawa have been charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offense, two counts of fraud over $5,000, laundering proceeds of crime, and false pretenses.
Ottawa police arrested three people from Ottawa in connection with fraud and money laundering in an immigration scheme, according to a press release.
Immigration scheme: $500K for a better life in Canada
The Ottawa Police Service Organized Fraud Unit started its investigation after they received a complaint that a person had been defrauded out of $535,000.
Two men and a woman were asking for money to ‘entice a friend living overseas to a better life in Canada’ in 2014 and 2015. Allegedly, the fraudsters claimed that they needed the requested money to fund their plan helping a friend overseas. Reportedly their plan entailed to aid in the immigration process and to purchase a house.
The police did not disclose how the alleged fraudsters and their victim were connected or if there were more victims.
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Three charged in relation to fraud and money laundering
As a result of the investigation, Ottawa police arrested (David) Kwok Fai KWAN, (Alice) Pui-Yan KWAN, (Raymond) Kwok Wing KWAN, all of Ottawa, on February 14.
The 42-year-old and 44-year-old men, as well as, the 39-year-old woman, who allegedly conducted the immigration scheme, have been charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offense, two counts of fraud over $5,000, laundering proceeds of crime, and false pretenses
The matter is now before the courts.
Marina Burghard writes for Canadian Fraud News about fraud-related cases, whistleblower, jurisdiction, identity theft, consumer protection, etc. – essentially about scams and how to protect yourself against this kind of fraudulent criminal behavior. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science where her interest in criminology grew. Besides fraud, Marina’s scientific interest lies in terrorism, extremism and how to deal with it as a society.