MONTREAL BASED IMMIGRATION CONSULTANT SENTENCED TO 6 YEARS IN JAIL FOR FRAUD
MONTREAL – Local 12 News Network reported that an Immigration Consultant has now been sentenced for Fraud and Uttering forged documents has he was working for a ghost law firm called Quick Visa Canada.
On March 01, 2010, Immigration Consultant Giovanni Germinario shown while appearing in court in the picture above was sentenced to 6 years in jail, in addition to the jail time he was also placed on probation for one year, all this after he pled guilty to Fraud and Uttering a forged document in relation to an in depth RCMP Investigation.Montreal Metropolitan Police opened an investigation in December 2008 after being alerted by Canada Border Services Agency and Immigration Canada to allegations of a refugee claimant from Mexico who recently arrived with a false refugee claim. The victim alleged over 50 thousand dollars had been illegally transferred from an account she had set up on the advice of Montreal Immigration Consultant Giovanni Germinario. Investigators determined a forged letter was used to direct the transfer of funds and that the funds had been transferred into a business account controlled by Giovani Germinario. The RCMP of Montreal and local detectives took over the investigation, as Giovanni Germinario was believed to have offered most of his immigration services from within the community. Following an extensive investigation, Crown Counsel approved charges of Fraud S.380 CCC and Uttering a Forged Document S.368 CCC in early 2009. Giovanni Germinario pleaded guilty to both charges at East Montreal Provincial Court in 2010 and was sentenced on March 1, 2010 to six years in jail. Anyone who believes they may have been victimized in a similar manner is asked to call 514-925-7300 and ask to speak with Detective Denise Tremblay. East Montreal Police advise any person seeking immigration consultation services to ensure the consultant is properly registered.Closely monitor and document all transactions and report any suspicious conduct to police.
The Canadian Press