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CBSA charges man accused of illegally employing martial arts instructors
March 24, 2016 Mississauga, Ontario Canada Border Services Agency
On March 14, 2016, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) criminal investigators charged Felix Kofi Ayensu of Caledon, Ontario, with nine offences related to the unauthorized employment of foreign nationals under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). The offences are: six counts of unauthorized employment of foreign nationals; two counts of misrepresentation; and one count of counselling misrepresentation.
The five-month investigation revealed that the accused, Ayensu, allegedly employed several foreign nationals who were not authorized to work in Canada. The foreign nationals were recruited overseas and brought into Canada to teach taekwondo at the accused’s three local martial arts studios: Olympic Taekwondo/Karate Inc., Georgetown Taekwondo Martial Arts Inc., and Milton Olympic Taekwondo/Karate Inc. Ayensu is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on April 12, 2016, in Milton, Ontario.
An arrest warrant has been issued pursuant to the IRPA for Rolando Fortes Futalan, who is party to the offence in some of the charges. His whereabouts are currently unknown.
- CBSA criminal investigators frequently investigate potential IRPA violations like employing foreign nationals without authorization, immigration consultant fraud and marriages of convenience.
- If you have information about suspicious immigration or cross-border activity, please contact the CBSA Border Watch Toll free Line at 1-888-502-9060.
“Thanks to the hard work of our criminal investigators, we continue to identify people working without authorization and hold the employers of undocumented persons accountable. Arrests such as these maintain the integrity of Canada’s immigration system and protect our businesses and workers from illegal operations.”
- Goran Vragovic, CBSA Regional Director General, Greater Toronto Area Region
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