MORE FINANCIAL JIHAD…

 AND THESE ARE ONLY THE ONES WE KNOW OF, I WONDER IF THEY’LL BE DEPORTED NOW? WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE BUYING THEIR WAY INTO CANADA, AND WHERE IS THE MONEY TO MAKE THESE BRIBES HAPPEN COMING FROM?

Immigration Canada manager pleads not guilty in bribery scheme

By Andrew Seymour, The Ottawa  CitizenJanuary 24, 2012

OTTAWA — Secretly recorded telephone calls and undercover police surveillance  will paint a portrait of a senior Citizenship and Immigration Canada manager  taking cash in exchange for preferential treatment on permanent residency  applications, a prosecutor said Monday on the first day of a trial into an  alleged bribes-for-status scheme.

Assistant Crown attorney Mike Boyce said Diane Serre teamed up with Issam  Dakik to take thousands of dollars from mostly Arab immigrants in exchange for  fast-tracking their applications. Dakik would meet with the applicants and  collect the money before contacting Serre who would use her influence as a  manager and supervisor in Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Catherine Street  office, said Boyce.

Serre, 41, pleaded not guilty to 28 charges Monday, including multiple  allegations of fraud against the government and breach of trust of a public  official. She is also charged with one count of bribery.

Dakik portrayed himself as someone who had inside information, Boyce  added.

Dakik, who has pleaded guilty to his role in the scheme, along with credit  card fraud, was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison in 2006. At the  time, Dakik admitted he paid Serre a portion of the proceeds of the scheme.

The scheme allegedly began in January 2003 and continued until December 2004,  when Serre and Dakik were arrested by RCMP in an operation dubbed “Project  Argon.”

Nine applicants made the illegal cash payments, which the RCMP said at the  time of Serre’s arrest ranged from between $4,000 and $25,000.

In an opening address, Boyce outlined Crown evidence that will be presented  over the six-week trial, including wiretap evidence that the prosecutor said  proved that Serre was Dakik’s “insider” at Citizenship and Immigration  Canada.

Police surveillance observed visits to Dakik’s home by Serre that  corresponded with wiretapped telephone calls to some of the applicants — calls  where Dakik would often either put the applicants on hold or could be heard  consulting with someone else in the room.

Boyce alleged when an undercover police agent approached Dakik, he was told  the first $300 he paid would go to “the lawyer.” Bills with the same serial  numbers were recovered two weeks later from Serre’s bedroom, said the  prosecution.

Among the allegations is that Serre also handed over sensitive Citizenship  and Immigration Canada documents to Dakik and made phone calls to outside  government agencies, including CSIS, to see if some of the steps of the  application process could be expedited.

Not all of Serre’s actions would be improper when viewed in isolation, said  Boyce, but when viewed in the context of Serre’s relationship with Dakik, they  equated to a breach of trust.

“She accepted or agreed to accept a benefit for her assistance in processing  these claims,” Boyce told Ontario Superior Court Justice Catherine Aitken.

Boyce said the Crown intends to prove Serre not only committed a breach of  trust by taking money, but by the very fact she agreed to give preferential  treatment to the claimants at all.

“Just through acts of giving preferential treatment to those files would be a  breach of trust by Ms. Serre,” he said.

The nine applicants who paid Dakik are expected to be called as witnesses  this week and next. Their evidence will include tape-recorded conversations and  agreements they made with Dakik. Dakik is expected to take the witness stand in  about two weeks, where prosecutors expect to confront him with the wiretaps and  other surveillance.

The Crown will also introduce evidence that will show when Serre or others  searched for the applicants’ electronic files. Occasionally Serre would search  the files within a day of discussing them with Dakik, Boyce alleged.

The prosecution spent much of the first day introducing many of the exhibits  seized from searches of Citizenship and Immigration Canada office and Serre and  Dakik’s homes.

The trial continues Tuesday.

Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Immigration+Canada+manager+pleads+guilty+bribery+scheme/6037618/story.html#ixzz1kPGeippb

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