Chilliwack woman sentenced for foreign au pair scheme

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A Chilliwack woman was sentenced today after entering a guilty plea for a scheme that involved arranging placements for foreign au pairs with Canadian families.

Elizabeth “Lisa” Large, who was doing business as International Au Pair Canada, International Au Pair and International Homestays, was sentenced to a 15-month conditional sentence order, including five months house arrest, 100 hours of community service and a $15,000 fine, for counselling foreign nationals on how to come to Canada and work as caregivers of children.

On March 30, 2015, Large entered a guilty plea, which involved arranging the placement of more than 100 foreign au pairs with Canadian families between April 2007 and April 2013.

“Counselling foreign nationals to misrepresent or withhold material facts relating to their entry into Canada is a criminal offence and damages the integrity of our immigration system,” said CBSA chief of criminal investigation Kevin Varga in a statement.

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“The CBSA takes this issue very seriously and works diligently to identify, investigate, and prosecute those engaging in these activities.”

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