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Calgary couple charged for immigration fraud

Calgary, Alberta, January 30, 2012 — Following an 18-month investigation, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) charged Tahir Chaudhry (also known as Tahir Ahmed) and Tahira Aslam (also known as Tahira Ahmed), with three counts under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA).

The CBSA arrested the accused on January 19, 2012, and they were detained without bail. A date for a first appearance in Calgary Provincial Court has been set for February 6, 2012.

The CBSA alleges the accused entered Canada in November 2008 as visitors. In February 2009, the same individuals made successful applications to remain in Canada under alternate identities. The CBSA's Criminal Investigations Division launched an official investigation into this case in June 2010.

Pursuant to IRPA, 127(a) misrepresentation is punishable to a maximum of five years imprisonment and a $100,000 fine; 122(1)(b) using a passport/identity document to contravene IRPA is punishable up to 14 years imprisonment; and 122(1)(a) unlawful possession of a passport/identity document to contravene IRPA is punishable up to five years imprisonment.

The CBSA is the only law enforcement agency in Canada that investigates these types of offences and works closely with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada to bring these cases before the courts.

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For media information:

Lisa White
CBSA Communications
403-292-4011