A former Alberta Progressive Conservative legislature member and his son have been sentenced to house arrest for immigration fraud.
Carlito and Charles Benito pleaded responsible earlier this month to expenses beneath the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act of using unauthorized overseas nationals.
The immigration consultants employed eight unlawful overseas nationals in Edmonton and Calgary and paid them lower than $10 an hour between 2016 and 2018. During this time, the 2 males operated three immigration consulting corporations.
Court heard the employees have been advised to say they have been volunteers and a few signed types stating they have been volunteering for no pay.
The workers have been additionally referred to by code names.
No sufferer impression statements have been supplied at a sentencing listening to Friday.
Justice Avril Ingles stated Carlito Benito wilfully and knowingly dedicated immigration fraud whereas his son co-operated.
The listening to was advised Carlito Benito utilized to Immigration Canada for research permits for the staff utilizing cast acceptance letters from post-secondary establishments and false financial institution statements.
She stated each father and son abused their energy and exploited the belief of their purchasers, the federal authorities and Canadian residents.
But the decide stated neither of the 2 males have earlier prison information and have proven regret.
She sentenced 68-year-old Carlito Benito to two years of house arrest. He should additionally full 100 hours of group service and pay a $75,000 high quality.
Born in the Philippines, Benito was the Progressive Conservative MLA for Edmonton-Mill Woods from 2008 to 2012.
He advised the court docket the hours of group service could have a major and optimistic impression.
Charles Benito was sentenced to 9 months of house arrest and 100 hours of group service.
The 28-year-old, who’s finishing a plumbing program on the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, addressed the court docket in overalls and work boots.
“This will never happen again,” he stated.
In addition to their sentences, the decide stated each males can’t be concerned in any form of immigration service.
This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Oct. 14, 2022.