police: Police allege the man would tell Syrian refugees currently living in Qatar that he could help them immigrate to Canada through a church sponsorship program, according to CTV. Police allege he defrauded at least eight families so far of more than 200,000 and say they believe there are many more victims. Halton regional police say they learned of the allegations through a community volunteer group in Toronto, which was alerted of the suspected fraud from family members of some of the victims. They say the unnamed church he implicated in the alleged scheme was not involved in any way and has co-operated with the investigation. Police acknowledge the ongoing investigation is complicated by the circumstances of the alleged victims, but urge anyone with information to come forward. Police say Bashar Abdulahad from Burlington, Ont., is facing eight counts of fraud over 5,000 and one count of money laundering. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
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