A Saskatoon resident is facing six charges after allegedly forging immigration documents and selling them to post-secondary students across the country.
The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) said in a release Tuesday the charges arose from an investigation that began in January 2018 and resulted in the execution of a search warrant at the home of 23-year-old Panashe Chaya on April 26.
The CBSA claims Chaya was producing fraudulent permanent residency documents and sold them to post-secondary students in Saskatoon and across Canada.
He faces three criminal code charges and three charges under the Immigrant and Refugee Protection Act.
“Canada’s diversity and welcoming of newcomers is part of its national identity, but unfortunately there are those who would exploit our generosity to make a profit,” CBSA Regional Director Nina Patel said in the statement.
Chaya appeared in court on July 25 and was released shortly after.
He is due back in Saskatoon court on Wednesday morning.