Canada: Woman's Paralegal License Suspended Over Immigration Scam

The paralegal license of the wife of a high-ranking Toronto cop has been suspended following immigration scam charges. 38-year-old Mariam Qureshi, the wife of Acting inspector Paul Qureshi, was found guilty of immigration scam charges laid against her by a Law Society of Ontario tribunal. The tribunal ruled that the paralegal expert had hand in a sophisticated immigration fraud scheme aimed at immigrants who are trying to escape to Canada from war-ridden counties. In the hearing missed by Qureshi without any legal representation, Michelle Lomazzo, chairman of the tribunal, remarked that it became inevitable for her license to be suspended because her integrity was impugned by the nature of the charges. According to reports, 62-year-old Sakia Mojadiddi is the ring leader of the immigration fraud scheme. Other members are Mariam Qureshi, her mother and her two siblings- 33-year-old Morassa Rizvir and 28-year-old Dunya Mojadiddi, all of whom are charged with offenses relating to fraud. Kim Schofield, Qureshi’s lawyer, said the paralegal maintains she has nothing to do with the fraud hence will fight the allegations and reapply for her license once declared clean.

Afghan Refugee Relief

  According to Peel Regional Police, people from North America, Europe, and the Middle East were sponsored by their relatives who fell victim of the scam. The victims paid a huge sum to Afghan Refugee Relief (ARR), a non-profit organization headed by Mojadiddi. Police said about 800,000 dollars was received from the victims. None of the applications received by ARR was processed through the Canada Border Services Agency and Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Six week trial for both Qureshi and Mojadiddi will begin on March 20, 2020. Stay in touch and get alerts & emails directly in your inbox by subscribing to Visa Crimes Check here for our latest immigration updates, local immigration activities, emerging trends, visa news updates for Australia, Canada, US, UK, Germany and more.

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