No jail time for man involved in marriage scheme

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Michael Nguyen, Reuters

, Last Updated: 1:11 PM ET

MONTREAL -- A judge has refused to jail a Montreal-based businessman who set up nearly two dozen fake marriages to help foreigners obtain Canadian citizenship.

Instead, Amadou Niang was fined and given a suspended sentence for his part in a fraud ring that produced 315 bogus nuptials. Niang was facing a five-year prison term and a possible fine of up to $100,000.

Niang, 57, claimed that he was helping North African immigrants in Canada to speed up their resident status.

Niang was accused of arranging 20 fake marriages between 2007 and 2009, and of falsely presenting himself as an immigration consultant, which is an illegal act.

Judge Jean-Pierre Boyer said Niang's actions harmed the integrity of the Canadian immigration system. Boyer fined Niang $42,000 and sentenced him to two years less a day, to be served in the community. The judge also permitted Niang to continue to travel to his native Senegal, where he has business.

 


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