Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Skip to Content
Editorial News
Classified Sites

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Ex-Citizenship and Immigration Canada employee charged in alleged passport fraud

TORONTO - A former Citizenship and Immigration Canada employee has been charged with breach of trust after she allegedly helped 22 people fraudulently obtain Canadian passports, the RCMP said Friday.

Aline Zeitoune, 50, of Toronto worked for Passport Canada, a division of CIC.

Zeitoune, who was arrested Thursday, also faces 96 additional charges, the Mounties said.

Four of the 22 people have also been charged with passport offences.

The RCMP said the investigation began in March 2013, when the force was contacted by CIC investigators who suspected one of their employees of processing fraudulent applications.

"We suspect the accused may have been involved in the scheme for financial gain," said Sgt. Richard Rollings, spokesman for the RCMP in Ontario.

"However, this is a very much an ongoing investigation and the exact motivation behind the scheme is still to be determined."

Rollings said he was not in a position to disclose whether or not the remaining 18 people are in Canada.

"We are working with our law enforcement partners in Canada and internationally to locate and arrest any other people associated to this crime," he added.

The breach of trust charge alone can bring a jail term of up to five years, Rollings said.

  • Rate this Rate This Star Icon
  • This article has not yet been rated.
  • We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high. If you thought it was well written, do the same. If it doesn’t meet your standards, mark it accordingly.

    You can also register and/or login to the site and join the conversation by leaving a comment.

    Rate it yourself by rolling over the stars and clicking when you reach your desired rating. We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high.

Sort by: Newest to Oldest | Oldest to Newest | Most Popular 0 Commentscomment icon

You can comment on most stories on brandonsun.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is register and/or login and you can join the conversation and give your feedback.

There are no comments at the moment. Be the first to post a comment below.

Post Your Commentcomment icon

Comment
  • You have characters left

The Brandon Sun does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. Comments are moderated before publication. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Election 2014
Brandon Sun Business Directory
The First World War at 100
Why Not Minot?
Welcome to Winnipeg

Social Media