Five B.C. and Yukon residents facing charges for alleged immigration fraud scheme

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Five people from B.C. and Yukon are facing charges in connection with alleged immigration fraud.

The Canada Border Services Agency says the charges are a result of Project Husky, a five-year investigation into a large-scale immigration fraud scheme.

The investigation began in 2015 after officials identified suspicious documents submitted as part of permanent residency applications, according to CBSA. They appeared to be nomination certificates from the government of Yukon.

However, CBSA says the government of Yukon confirmed these documents were not genuine and had not been issued by the government.

Since the documents were detected during the processing of applications, none of the applications to immigrate to Canada were approved. CBSA says no one obtained permanent resident status as a result of the alleged scheme.

Five people are facing charges of violating the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Criminal Code committed between July 2013 and September 2016:

Ian David Young, 59, of Whitehorse and Tzu Chun Joyce Chang, 49, Qiong Joan GU, 66,

Aillison Shaunt Liu (also known as Allison), 31, and Shouzhi Stanley GUO, 38, all of Richmond,

They are scheduled to appear in Richmond provincial court on Dec. 23.

Young is wanted on a Canada-wide arrest warrant. Anyone with information on his whereabouts in encouraged to call the CBSA’s anonymous Border Watch Line by dialling 1-888-502-9060.