Edmonton men facing immigration fraud-related charges

News release

September 3, 2019                                Edmonton, Alberta                    Canada Border Services Agency

As a result of a CBSA criminal investigation, Mr. Carlito Benito and Mr. Charles Benito were found to be allegedly employing unauthorized foreign nationals at Triple Maple Leaf Canada Corporation, Helping Migrants Canadian Immigration Corporation and World Immigration Group Corporation, from November 2015 to October 2016. As licensed immigration consultants, Mr. Carlito Benito and Mr. Charles Benito counselled temporary foreign workers in Canada to apply for student permits, despite the applicants having no intention of going to school, in order to extend their status and allow them (and their spouses) to work in Canada. The Benitos and their associates facilitated short-term cash loans up to $17,000 for individuals to meet the financial requirement of the study permit application. The alleged offences occurred between November 2015 and June 2018.

Carlito (Carl) Benito, age 65 of Edmonton has been charged with:

1.     Section 124(1)(c) IRPA (Unauthorized employment of foreign nationals) – 9 counts;

2.     Section 131 IRPA (Counselling/Aiding/Abetting Misrepresentation) – 2 counts;

3.     Section 126 IRPA (Counselling/Aiding/Abetting Misrepresentation related to study permit loan scheme) – 1 count (90 occurrences);

4.     Section 127(a) IRPA (Misrepresentation) – 1 count; and

5.     Section 430(1) CCC (Mischief) - 1 count.

Charles Jefferson Benito, age 25 of Edmonton has been charged with:

1.     Section 124(1)(c) IRPA (Unauthorized employment of foreign nationals) – 8 counts;

2.     Section 430(1) CCC (Mischief) - 1 count.

The Benitos’ first court appearance is set for September 5, 2019, in Edmonton Provincial Court.


"The CBSA takes this matter very seriously and works closely with our partners, including Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, to identify, investigate and prosecute those engaging in immigration fraud to profit from vulnerable individuals.”

-   Andrew Klatt, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigations Section, Canada Border Services Agency

Quick facts

  • The CBSA is responsible for enforcing the IRPA and investigates cases of immigration consultant fraud, human smuggling, marriages of convenience, immigration document fraud, and employing foreign nationals without authorization, etc.

  • Members of the public can play a key role in keeping our border safe. If you have information about suspicious cross-border activity or immigration-related offences, please contact the CBSA’s Border Watch Toll-free Line at 1-888-502-9060. All information is treated as confidential.

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