Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ontario Man Accused of Defrauding Eight Syrian Refugee Families: Police

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ontario Man Accused of Defrauding Eight Syrian Refugee Families: Police

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Man accused of defrauding refugee families

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BURLINGTON, Ont. - A 49-year-old man from southern Ontario is facing multiple charges after allegedly defrauding Syrian refugees hoping to move to Canada of more than $200,000.

Halton regional police say they learned of the allegations through a community volunteer group in Toronto, which was alerted of the suspected fraud from family members of some of the victims.

Police allege the man would tell Syrian refugees currently living in Qatar that he could help them immigrate to Canada through a church sponsorship program.

Police allege he defrauded at least eight families so far of more than $200,000 and say they believe there are "many more victims."

They say the unnamed church he implicated in the alleged scheme was not involved in any way and has co-operated with the investigation. …

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