Woman Faces Charges For Defrauding Filipinos Planning to Immigrate to Canada

A woman from Oshawa, Ontario is facing charges after allegedly defrauding the local Filipino community of more than $200,000.

According to police, between Oct. 1, 2017 and Oct. 10, 2018, the victims were told they would receive grants and would receive help expediting the immigration process to Canada for relatives from the Philippines.

Durham Region police allege the woman posed as an agent of the fictional Government Express Entry Compensation Program.

They say she convinced people that she could help their family members move to Canada from the Philippines.

Police say targeted individuals received text messages or emails telling them to drop off money at a specific address.

Maria Doble, 28, is charged with fraud over $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, and possession of a counterfeit mark.

Police say there may be other victims that have not come forward and are urging anyone with information to get in touch.

The investigation is ongoing and victims that have not yet come forward are asked to contact the Durham Region Police Service major crime fraud unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5232 or via email at [email protected] Please mention the incident number 18-210186 as a reference.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, 1-905-579-1520 or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca. Tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.