A Mississauga, Ont., man has been busted for allegedly posing as an immigration officer in an effort to get sexual favours from a newcomer to Canada.
Police say the victim, a 51-year-old woman, was contacted on Aug. 27 by a man who identified himself as an immigration officer.
“It’s alleged that he led the woman to believe that he needed to meet with her to deal with a case he was investigating involving her,” Const. Tony Vella said Friday.
He said the man met with the woman the next day at a hotel.
“While in a hotel room, it’s alleged the man sexually assaulted the woman and demanded money in exchange for having her immigration file closed,” Vella said. “He also allegedly told the woman that she would be arrested because of her immigration problems if she tried to report the assault to the police.”
Raymond Coles, 42, surrendered to police on Thursday. He has been charged with sexual assault, personating a peace officer and extortion.
“You should always confirm the person speaking to you is who they say they are,” Vella advised. “Ask to see their identification, call the company they claim to work for or talk to their supervisor if you’re not certain.”
He added a legitimate government official would not ask to meet someone in a hotel.
Vella said investigators are concerned about the possibility of other victims.