July 18, 2014 3:32 pm

Ex-citizenship staffer charged with breach of trust in passport fraud

A former Citizenship and Immigration Canada employee allegedly helped 22 people fraudulently obtain Canadian passports.

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TORONTO – The Mounties say they have charged a former Citizenship and Immigration Canada employee with breach of trust after she allegedly helped 22 people fraudulently obtain Canadian passports.

They say Aline Zeitoune, 50, of Toronto also faces 96 additional charges.

Zeitoune worked in the CIC’s passport division.

The RCMP say the probe began in March 2013, when the force was contacted by investigators with the CIC’s passport program who suspected one of their employees of processing fraudulent applications.

Zeitoune was arrested Thursday and was scheduled to appear in court later Friday.

Four of the 22 people who allegedly obtained Canadian passports fraudulently have also been charged with passport offences.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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