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Charlottetown Hoteliers: Immigration System

charlottetown hoteliers: After a sweeping immigration probe, two Charlottetown hoteliers have been charged with helping set up fake addresses for Chinese immigrants who entered Prince Edward Island under a business program that has been criticized for lax oversight, according to Toronto Star. Nathan Rochford / THE CANADIAN PRESS The siblings are alleged to have assisted business immigrants seeking permanent residency to provide residential addresses in P.E.I. though they didn't really live there, as required under the province's immigration system. The Canada Border Services Agency has charged 60-year-old Ping Zhong with three counts of aiding and abetting misrepresentation under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and five counts against her 58-year-old brother, Yi Zhong. The Canada Border Services Agency says 566 immigrants used the same addresses between 2008 and 2015 the siblings' Sherwood Motel and Ping Zhong's Charlottetown home. Article Continued Below Lee Cohen, the defence lawyer for the siblings, says in an email that the court hearing today at the Charlottetown provincial court is for the purpose of entering pleas. Nearly all of the immigrants eventually were granted permanent residency under the provincial nominee program, the Island's main business immigration program. ( As reported in the news.