Halton police have charged a Burlington man after a three month long investigation into allegations he was defrauding Syrian refugees.
The man allegedly promised Syrian refugees living in Qatar that he would help them immigrate to Canada through a local church sponsorship program. Police say the church in question is not involved and has cooperated with police.
Police were made aware of the allegations through a community volunteer group in Toronto who had victims come forward to them through relatives living in Canada.
They were able to identify 8 victim families who had sent over $200,000 to the suspect.
Bashar Abdulahad, 49, has been charged with 8 counts of fraud over $5,000 and money laundering.