Last week Peel Police arrested a Mississauga woman targeting victims most of whom are from the Middle East and Afghanistan in an immigration scam.
Several victims have reported paying large sums of money to the Afghan Refugee Relief (ARR) organization to assist in sponsoring family members to Canada from Afghanistan over the last two years.
Here’s how she defrauded her victims. She posed as head of the organization and is alleged to have accepted money, but never processed the paperwork through the Canada Border Services Agency and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
She then refused to reimburse funds paid for the service once victims learned their paperwork was never processed, according to police.
Sakia Mojadiddi, 61, was arrested and charged with three counts of fraud over $5,000 and three counts of possession of proceeds obtained by crime. She was released on a promise to appear and undertaking and appeared at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton on Aug. 28.
Anyone who has lost money to the ARR or gave money to the accused is asked to contact Peel Police’s Fraud Bureau at 905-453-2121, ext. 3356. – CINEWS