It is alleged that:
– between August 2009 and September 2010, the accused was operating a fraudulent immigration/employment business
– the accused would offer victims employment opportunities in Canada for their friends/family members living in the Philippines
– each victim in Canada paid a $1,000 “up-front” fee per applicant
– the fee was supposedly to cover administration costs to complete the immigration process
– the victims were stalled by the accused for several months
– victims were given various excuses as to why the applicants could not obtain immigration documents
On Tuesday, April 19, 2011, Marion Navalta Valdez, 46, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with
1) three counts of Fraud Over $5,000
2) seven counts of Fraud Under $5,000
He is scheduled to appear in court at College Park on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 2 p.m., room 505.
Investigators believe there may be more victims.