Last week the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Atlantic Region Immigration and Passport Section charged 39 year-old, Hani Dalqamouni, and 37 year-old, Nael Al-Mehdawi, under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA).
Hani Dalqamouni, a Canadian Citizen who is believed to be residing in the Kingdom of Jordan, is charged with three counts of Counseling Misrepresentation, Section 126 IRPA. Nael Al-Mehdawi, who is also believed to be residing in the Kingdom of Jordan, is a Permanent Resident status holder and has been charged with Misrepresentation, Section 127 (a) IRPA.
The RCMP alleges that Mr. Dalqamouni and Mr. Al-Mehdawi acted as points of contact and assisted Hassan Al-Awaid who was counseling and assisting foreign nationals through fraudulent means to maintain permanent residence status and obtain Canadian Citizenship. Both men were also clients of Hassan Al-Awaid.
In March, 2011 the RCMP laid 53 charges against 57-year-old, Hassan Al-Awaid, of Bedford, Nova Scotia. Today’s charges are part of the ongoing investigation that was referred to the RCMP by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
“This is an excellent example of how the RCMP with the assistance from Citizenship and Immigration Canada were successful in identifying and charging individuals who were assisting applicants to use fraudulent means to obtain Canadian Citizenship,” said Staff Sergeant Terry Quinn of the Atlantic Region Immigration and Passport Section. “The RCMP and Citizenship and Immigration Canada will continue working together to combat fraud and maintain the integrity of Canada’s immigration system.”
The RCMP Atlantic Region Immigration and Passport Section (ARIPS) is responsible for criminal enforcement of the Immigration Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), Citizenship Act and Criminal Code violations related to Citizenship offences, Canada Passport offences, frauds, forgeries and conspiracies. The primary objectives of ARIPS are to Combat and disrupt organized migrant smuggling and the trafficking of persons, with a priority to national security investigations.
Hani Dalqamouni and Nael Al-Mehdawi are believed to be out of the country at this time, so warrants for their arrest have been issued.