04 November 2010

Woman faces bigamy charges for Canadian immigration marriage scheme

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A woman is facing charges in Canada’s first case of immigration-related bigamy in a British Columbia marriage-of-convenience scheme.

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A woman is facing charges over multiple marriages-of-conveniences as part of a Canadian immigration scam.

Jotika Ashni Reddy, 33, is accused of marrying one man on September 27, 2006, in the Vancouver suburb of Surrey. She later married a second man on January 26, 2008. Reddy was already married before she married these men, with her first marriage registered in British Columbia on April 26, 1997.

Under Canadian immigration law, a Canadian citizen is entitled to sponsor his or her current legal spouse.

“Each of the two men applied for permanent resident status on the basis of the marriage,” said federal Crown prosecutor Jenna Hyman.

Reddy is charged with two counts of bigamy and two counts of knowingly misrepresenting or withholding material facts under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

This is the first time the agency has laid a charge of bigamy in Canada, Canada Border Services Agency spokeswoman Faith St. John.

Reddy turned herself in to Canada Border Services Agency investigators in Surrey last week after a warrant was issued for her arrest.

Reddy’s next appearance in Federal Court in Surrey will be on November 26.

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