Whitehorse Daily Star

CBSA dismantles alleged immigration fraud scheme

A Whitehorse man is among five people charged with violations of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Criminal Code.

By Whitehorse Star on November 26, 2020

Revised - A former Yukon government employee is among five people charged with violations of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Criminal Code.

On Thursday, from Vancouver, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced the results of Project Husky, a five-year investigation into a large-scale alleged immigration fraud scheme.

The Yukoner facing charges is Ian David Young, aged 59.

Young is currently wanted on a Canada-wide arrest warrant.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts in encouraged to call the CBSA’s anonymous Border Watch Line by dialing 1-888-502-9060. Any other suspicious immigration activities can also be reported at that number.

The investigation began in 2015.

It was based on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada officials’ identification of suspicious documents submitted as part of permanent residency applications.

“On the surface, these appeared to be nomination certificates from the Government of Yukon issued under the Yukon Business Nominee Program,” the CBSA said.

“However, the Government of Yukon confirmed these documents were non-genuine and had not been issued by their office.

“Since the non-genuine documents were detected during the processing of applications, none of the applications to immigrate to Canada were approved. Therefore, no one obtained permanent resident status as a result of this alleged scheme.”

The CBSA Criminal Investigations Section executed numerous search warrants in the Yukon and British Columbia seeking evidence of the alleged fraud scheme.

The other accused persons, all of Richmond, B.C., are:

• Tzu Chun Joyce Chang, 49;

• Qiong Joan Gu, 66;

• Aillison Shaunt Liu (also known as Allison Shaunt Liu), 31; and

• Shouzhi Stanley Guo, 38.

They are scheduled to appear in court in Richmond on Dec. 23.

“Project Husky shut down a large-scale alleged immigration fraud scheme that impersonated a legitimate nominee program,” said Nina Patel, the CBSA’s regional director general for the Pacific region.

“This investigation highlights the CBSA’s commitment to protecting Canadians and prospective immigrants from the threats posed by unlawful activities.”

During Thursday’s question period in the legislature, Yukon Party MLA Brad Cathers asked Economic Development Minister Ranj Pillai about the charges against Young.

Armed with search warrants, the RCMP visited offices of that department in 2019 and seized files and computers.

“It’s before the courts, so we can’t offer much comment,” Pillai told the legislature.

Since the issue involves the period from July 2013 to September 2016, Pillai said, Cathers should ask his caucus colleagues about the situation, since the Yukon Party formed the government during that period.

At a subsequent media scrum, Pillai told reporters he was “kind of surprised when the Yukon Party asked the question. I was expecting the NDP to raise the issue.”

Pillai said the department has introduced new policies and procedures since the time of the alleged offences.

While he didn’t offer details, he was confident the new measures would safeguard against such incidents in the future.

The CBSA is responsible for enforcing the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. It investigates and prosecutes cases where there is evidence of violations.

Comments (18)

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Yukon Cornelius on Jan 2, 2021 at 10:55 am

According to Sackville, New Brunswick RCMP (where Young attended high school), Ian David Young was found deceased on November 28, 2020 in Peterborough, Ontario by Peterborough Police after they responded to a call.

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Oya on Dec 17, 2020 at 2:12 pm

Why no pics of Young on the Canada Wanted list? Something funny is going on here....

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Anton on Nov 30, 2020 at 5:48 pm

This smacks of "Yukon Partyism".

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sacallison on Nov 28, 2020 at 8:55 pm

I moved here from Richmond BC (born and raised), this kind of thing happens often in Richmond. Heads up everyone, this kind of crime will become common place here too unless the people in charge take notice. The Richmond of my childhood looked a lot like the Whitehorse of today.

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Oya on Nov 28, 2020 at 8:10 am

@ Wilf - It was YOUR preferred party in power when this fiasco went down. I'm pretty sure the DM at the time was Justin Ferbey. And still is....
So what do you say now? Please feel free to explain how this could happen under the Yukon Party...

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Lynx on Nov 27, 2020 at 7:23 pm

So this happened between 2013-2016. Which means it was when Currie Dixon was the Minister in charge.

God I hope the Yukon isn't gullible enough to put this guy and the rest of the Pasloski crew in charge again after the next election! Currie already gave himself a huge severance last time he was in office. I think you've had enough from the public trough kid.

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Nathan Living on Nov 27, 2020 at 3:27 pm

I am really concerned about good people being deported over this.

If this is in the wind let's have a place of worship speak up and help them out.

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TMYK on Nov 27, 2020 at 1:23 pm

@Mike a quick google search tells me you are one of Liberal Old Boys Club members so your rhetoric is telling.

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Wilf Carter on Nov 27, 2020 at 12:46 pm

This is nothing new under liberals. Trudeau and Bagnell want to bring in millions of immigrants every day. If liberal don't follow laws made by Canadians for Canadians why does this really matter? How many illegal's immigrants has liberals permitted into Yukon? Larry the MP can you give use a number?

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Politico on Nov 27, 2020 at 6:32 am

Ooh! The anti immigration sediment is strong with these ones! (spelling intentional)

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Mike Travill on Nov 26, 2020 at 9:25 pm

The real question here is who was the minister responsible for ecc dev over this period when the massive thefts were taking place.
It’s time to hold someone accountable. Let’s ask Stacy Hazard and Currie Dixon to accept the blame for allowing this type of activity on their watch.
Then we can talk about the Peel.

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Yukon Cornelius on Nov 26, 2020 at 7:38 pm

Make no mistake - Ian David Young did not act alone in this complex immigration document fraud. He would have needed help from people at the highest levels at the Yukon Government.

The RCMP needs to investigate this.

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jason on Nov 26, 2020 at 6:26 pm

@thomas ... it says right in the story that no one got in.

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Nathan Living on Nov 26, 2020 at 5:52 pm

Five year investigation, hope the nice people who were scammed can stay here.

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JC on Nov 26, 2020 at 3:28 pm

Five year investigation. And for what? How many hundreds of thousands of illegal
immigrants came in during those years? And will they be deported? I think we all know the answers to that. And the courts will release all charged. To continue in their work. Which will lead to another 5 year investigation.
I remember the day, when illegal immigrants were deported immediately, when found. And these kind of criminals were jailed without release.

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Oya on Nov 26, 2020 at 3:14 pm

@ Thomas. The story says no one got into Canada because of those non-genuine documents.
Wow, Ian Young. Just wow. Wasn’t $100k/year plus benefits not enough for you?

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Thomas Brewer on Nov 26, 2020 at 1:57 pm

So the question needs to be asked, how many people gained access to residency in Canada as a result of these forgeries, and when will CBSA remove them?

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Josey Wales on Nov 26, 2020 at 1:41 pm

So does this mean I must return all my cultural enrichments said alleged frauds bring?

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