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A former Winnipeg immigration consultant has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison for making fraudulent job offers to people overseas and has been ordered to pay more than $380,000 in restitution.
Bradley Jacobson was sentenced Monday in a Winnipeg court after he pleaded guilty to three offences under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and three offences under the Criminal Code.
The sentencing comes three years after Canada Border Services Agency launched an investigation into the activities of Jacobson of Canadian Immigration Solutions Manitoba Inc. The investigators found that between September 2008 and June 2009, he produced fraudulent employment offers and worked as an immigration consultant without a licence. He was charged in October 2010 with 14 offences under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
In February 2012, while awaiting disposition in this case, CBSA investigators received a complaint against someone going by the name of Darren Natishyn, who claimed to be a human resources director for a Winnipeg-based business. Investigators discovered that "Darren Natishyn" was actually Jacobson. Between October 2011 and June 2012, Jacobson used several aliases and said he represented a number of Winnipeg-based companies, made fraudulent job offers to foreign nationals and issued forged Government of Canada documents, the CBSA said.